Search the Bible
* powered by Bible Study Tools

Proverbs 16:33

    Proverbs 16:33 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The lot is cast into the lap; But the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A thing may be put to the decision of chance, but it comes about through the Lord.

    Webster's Revision

    The lot is cast into the lap; But the whole disposing thereof is of Jehovah.

    World English Bible

    The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from Yahweh.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

    Definitions for Proverbs 16:33

    Cast - Worn-out; old; cast-off.
    Lot - Portion; destiny; fate.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 16:33

    The lot is cast into the lap - On the lot, see the note on Numbers 26:55. How far it may be proper now to put difficult matters to the lot, after earnest prayer and supplication, I cannot say. Formerly, it was both lawful and efficient; for after it was solemnly cast, the decision was taken as coming immediately from the Lord. It is still practiced, and its use is allowed even by writers on civil law. But those who need most to have recourse to the lot are those who have not piety to pray nor faith to trust to God for a positive decision. The lot should never be resorted to in indifferent matters; they should be those of the greatest importance, in which it appears impossible for human prudence or foresight to determine. In such cases the lot is an appeal to God, and he disposes of it according to his goodness, mercy, and truth. The result, therefore, cannot be fortuitous.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 16:33

    Disposing - Better, the judgment or sentence which depends upon the lot. The lots were thrown into the gathered folds of a robe, and then drawn out. Where everything seemed the merest chance, there the faithful Israelite teacher recognized the guidance of a higher will. Compare the case of Achan Joshua 7:18, and of Jonathan 1 Samuel 14:37-42. The process here described would seem to have been employed ordinarily in trials where the judges could not decide on the facts before them (compare Proverbs 18:18).