Proverbs 18:18
New International Version
Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.

New Living Translation
Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

English Standard Version
The lot puts an end to quarrels and decides between powerful contenders.

Berean Study Bible
Casting the lot ends quarrels and separates strong opponents.

New American Standard Bible
The cast lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones.

King James Bible
The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

Christian Standard Bible
Casting the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents.

Contemporary English Version
Drawing straws is one way to settle a difficult case.

Good News Translation
If two powerful people are opposing each other in court, casting lots can settle the issue.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Casting the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents.

International Standard Version
Casting dice settles a dispute, deciding between strong contenders.

NET Bible
A toss of a coin ends disputes, and settles the issue between strong opponents.

New Heart English Bible
The lot settles disputes, and keeps strong ones apart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lots resolve a dispute and divide between the strong.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Flipping a coin ends quarrels and settles [issues] between powerful people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The lot causeth strife to cease, And parteth asunder the contentious.

New American Standard 1977
The lot puts an end to contentions, And decides between the mighty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The lot causes contentions to cease and decides between the mighty.

King James 2000 Bible
The lot causes contentions to cease, and decides between the mighty.

American King James Version
The lot causes contentions to cease, and parts between the mighty.

American Standard Version
The lot causeth contentions to cease, And parteth between the mighty.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A silent man quells strifes, and determines between great powers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lot suppresseth contentions, and determineth even between the mighty.

Darby Bible Translation
The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

English Revised Version
The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

World English Bible
The lot settles disputes, and keeps strong ones apart.

Young's Literal Translation
The lot causeth contentions to cease, And between the mighty it separateth.
Study Bible
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
17The first to state his case seems right until another comes forward and examines him. 18Casting the lot ends quarrels and separates strong opponents. 19An offended brother is harder to win than a fortified city, and disputes are like the bars of a castle.…
Cross References
Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.

Proverbs 18:17
The first to state his case seems right until another comes forward and examines him.

Proverbs 18:19
An offended brother is harder to win than a fortified city, and disputes are like the bars of a castle.

Treasury of Scripture

The lot causes contentions to cease, and parts between the mighty.

Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Joshua 14:2
By lot was their inheritance, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half tribe.

1 Samuel 10:21
When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.







Lexicon
Casting the lot
הַגּוֹרָ֑ל (hag·gō·w·rāl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1486: Lot -- a lot (for casting)

ends
יַשְׁבִּ֣ית (yaš·bîṯ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7673: To repose, desist from exertion

quarrels
מִ֭דְיָנִים (miḏ·yā·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4079: Brawling, contention

and separates
יַפְרִֽיד׃ (yap̄·rîḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6504: To break through, spread, separate

strong opponents.
עֲצוּמִ֣ים (‘ă·ṣū·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6099: Powerful, numerous
(18) The lot causeth contentions to cease, as being the judgment of God (Proverbs 16:33).

And parteth between the mighty, who would otherwise settle their differences by blows.

Verse 18 - The lot causeth contentions to cease (comp. Proverbs 16:33). If this verse is taken in connection with the preceding, it refers to the decision in doubtful cases, where the evidence is conflicting and ordinary investigation fails to elicit the truth satisfactorily. The lot, being considered to show the judgment of God, settled the question. And parteth between the mighty. If it were not for the decision by lot, persons of eminence and power would settle their differences by violent means. This peaceful solution obviates all such contentions. The Septuagint, in place of "lot" (κλῆρος), reads now σιγηρός, "silent;" but it is evidently originally a clerical error, perpetuated by copyists. The error is noted by a second hand in the margin of the Sinaitic Manuscript. 18:17. It is well to listen to our enemies, that we may form a better judgment of ourselves. 18. It was customary sometimes to refer matters to God, by casting lots, with solemn prayer. The profaning the lot, by using it in matters of diversion, or coveting what belongs to others, forms an objection to this now.
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