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16 Bible Verses about Casting Lots

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Leviticus 16:8

After Aaron casts lots for the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other for azazel,

Numbers 26:55

The land must be divided by lot; they will receive an inheritance according to the names of their ancestral tribes.

Joshua 18:10

Joshua cast lots for them at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord where he distributed the land to the Israelites according to their divisions.

1 Samuel 14:41

So Saul said to the Lord, “God of Israel, give us the right decision.” Jonathan and Saul were selected, and the troops were cleared of the charge.

Esther 3:7

In the first month, the month of Nisan, in King Ahasuerus’s twelfth year, Pur (that is, the lot) was cast before Haman for each day in each month, and it fell on the twelfth month, the month Adar.

Proverbs 18:18

Casting the lot ends quarrels
and separates powerful opponents.

Jonah 1:7

“Come on!” the sailors said to each other. “Let’s cast lots. Then we’ll know who is to blame for this trouble we’re in.” So they cast lots, and the lot singled out Jonah.

Acts 1:26

Then they cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias. So he was numbered with the 11 apostles.

Numbers 33:54

You are to receive the land as an inheritance by lot according to your clans. Increase the inheritance for a large clan and decrease it for a small one. Whatever place the lot indicates for someone will be his. You will receive an inheritance according to your ancestral tribes.

1 Samuel 14:41-42

So Saul said to the Lord, “God of Israel, give us the right decision.” Jonathan and Saul were selected, and the troops were cleared of the charge. Then Saul said, “Cast the lot between me and my son Jonathan,” and Jonathan was selected.

Joshua 18:8-10

As the men prepared to go, Joshua commanded them to write down a description of the land, saying, “Go and survey the land, write a description of it, and return to me. I will then cast lots for you here in Shiloh in the presence of the Lord.” So the men left, went through the land, and described it by towns in a document of seven sections. They returned to Joshua at the camp in Shiloh. Joshua cast lots for them at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord where he distributed the land to the Israelites according to their divisions.

1 Chronicles 24:5

They were assigned by lot, for there were officers of the sanctuary and officers of God among both Eleazar’s and Ithamar’s descendants.

Nehemiah 10:34

We have cast lots among the priests, Levites, and people for the donation of wood by our ancestral houses at the appointed times each year. They are to bring the wood to our God’s house to burn on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the law.

Joel 3:2-3

I will gather all the nations
and take them to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
I will enter into judgment with them there
because of My people, My inheritance Israel.
The nations have scattered the Israelites
in foreign countries
and divided up My land. They cast lots for My people;
they bartered a boy for a prostitute
and sold a girl for wine to drink.

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Casting Lots » The land of canaan divided among tribes by

Micah 2:5

Therefore, there will be no one
in the assembly of the Lord
to divide the land by casting lots.

Joshua 19:51

These were the portions that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the families distributed to the Israelite tribes by lot at Shiloh in the Lord’s presence at the entrance to the tent of meeting. So they finished dividing up the land.

Ezekiel 48:29

This is the land you are to allot as an inheritance to Israel’s tribes, and these will be their portions.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

Ezekiel 47:22

You will allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners living among you, who have fathered children among you. You will treat them like native-born Israelites; along with you, they will be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

Numbers 26:55

The land must be divided by lot; they will receive an inheritance according to the names of their ancestral tribes.

Casting Lots » The garments of jesus divided by

Mark 15:24

Then they crucified Him and divided His clothes, casting lots for them to decide what each would get.

Psalm 22:18

They divided my garments among themselves,
and they cast lots for my clothing.

John 19:23-24

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took His clothes and divided them into four parts, a part for each soldier. They also took the tunic, which was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, "Let's not tear it, but toss for it, to see who gets it." [They did this] to fulfill the Scripture that says: They divided My clothes among themselves, and they cast lots for My clothing. And this is what the soldiers did.

Casting Lots » Priests and levites designated by, for sanctuary service

Nehemiah 10:34

We have cast lots among the priests, Levites, and people for the donation of wood by our ancestral houses at the appointed times each year. They are to bring the wood to our God’s house to burn on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the law.

Luke 1:9

it happened that he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.

1 Chronicles 24:5-31

They were divided impartially by lot, for there were officers of the sanctuary and officers of God among both Eleazar's and Ithamar's descendants. The secretary, Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded them in the presence of the king and the officers, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the heads of families of the priests and the Levites. One ancestral house was taken for Eleazar, and then one for Ithamar. The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, read more.
the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel, the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul, the twenty-third to Delaiah, and the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. These had their assigned duties for service when they entered the Lord's temple, according to their regulations, which they received from their ancestor Aaron, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him. As for the rest of Levi's sons: from Amram's sons: Shubael; from Shubael's sons: Jehdeiah. From Rehabiah: from Rehabiah's sons: Isshiah was the first. From the Izharites: Shelomoth; from Shelomoth's sons: Jahath. Hebron's sons: Jeriah [the first], Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. [From] Uzziel's sons: Micah; from Micah's sons: Shamir. Micah's brother: Isshiah; from Isshiah's sons: Zechariah. Merari's sons: Mahli and Mushi, [and from] his sons, Jaaziah his son. Merari's sons, by his son Jaaziah: Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri. From Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons. From Kish, [from] Kish's sons: Jerahmeel. Mushi's sons: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. Those were the sons of the Levites according to their ancestral houses. They also cast lots the same way as their relatives, the sons of Aaron did in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of the families of the priests and Levites-the family heads and their younger brothers alike.

1 Chronicles 26:13

They cast lots for each gate according to their ancestral houses, young and old alike.

Casting Lots » Used to fix the time for the execution of condemned persons

Esther 3:7

In the first month, the month of Nisan, in King Ahasuerus’s twelfth year, Pur (that is, the lot) was cast before Haman for each day in each month, and it fell on the twelfth month, the month Adar.

Esther 9:24

For Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them. He cast the Pur (that is, the lot) to crush and destroy them.

Casting Lots » Saul chosen king by

1 Samuel 10:20-21

Samuel had all the tribes of Israel come forward, and the tribe of Benjamin was selected. Then he had the tribe of Benjamin come forward by its clans, and the Matrite clan was selected. Finally, Saul son of Kish was selected. But when they searched for him, they could not find him.

Casting Lots » Jonathan's

1 Samuel 14:41-42

So Saul said to the Lord, "God of Israel, give us the right [decision]." Jonathan and Saul were selected, and the troops were cleared [of the charge]. Then Saul said, "Cast [the lot] between me and my son Jonathan," and Jonathan was selected.

Casting Lots » Achan's guilt ascertained by

Joshua 7:14-18

In the morning you must present yourselves tribe by tribe. The tribe the Lord selects is to come forward clan by clan. The clan the Lord selects is to come forward family by family. The family the Lord selects is to come forward man by man. The one who is caught with the things set apart must be burned, along with everything he has, because he has violated the Lord's covenant and committed an outrage in Israel.' " Joshua got up early the next morning. He had Israel come forward tribe by tribe, and the tribe of Judah was selected. read more.
He had the clans of Judah come forward, and the Zerahite clan was selected. He had the Zerahite clan come forward by heads of families, and Zabdi was selected. He then had Zabdi's family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was selected.

Casting Lots » The scapegoat chosen by

Leviticus 16:8-10

After Aaron casts lots for the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other for Azazel, he is to present the goat chosen by lot for the Lord and sacrifice it as a sin offering. But the goat chosen by lot for Azazel is to be presented alive before the Lord to make purification with it by sending it into the wilderness for Azazel.

Casting Lots » Used after the captivity

Nehemiah 11:1

Now the leaders of the people stayed in Jerusalem, and the rest of the people cast lots for one out of ten to come and live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while the other nine-tenths remained in their towns.

Casting Lots » An apostle chosen by

Acts 1:26

Then they cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias. So he was numbered with the 11 apostles.

Casting Lots » Jonah's

Jonah 1:7

“Come on!” the sailors said to each other. “Let’s cast lots. Then we’ll know who is to blame for this trouble we’re in.” So they cast lots, and the lot singled out Jonah.

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