Jonah 1:7

“And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they said euery one to his fellow; Come, and let vs cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this euil is vpon vs. So they cast lots, and the lot fell vpon Ionah.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Each man said to his mate, "Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this calamity {has struck} us. So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they said to one another, Come, let us put this to the decision of chance and see on whose account this evil has come on us. So they did so, and Jonah was seen to be the man.
- Basic English Bible

And they said each one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. And they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
- Darby Bible

And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
- Webster's Bible

They all said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know who is responsible for this evil that is on us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
- World English Bible

And they say each unto his neighbour, `Come, and we cast lots, and we know on whose account this evil [is] on us.' And they cast lots, and the lot falleth on Jonah.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And they said every one to his fellow: 'Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us.' So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jonah 1:7


1:7 Cast lots - Lots are an appeal to heaven in doubtful cases, and therefore not to be used but where the matter is undeterminable in any other way.


Discussion for Jonah 1

  • Irene123
    When witnessing to souls we need the gift of discerning of spirits, 1 Cor.12:10. To acquire these gifts we must be saved in Jesus' way, Acts 2:38, not our way as just simply saying the words of Rom. 10:13 (14-16). "... calling on the NAME of the Lord ..."; the man of God who baptizes you uses the words of Acts 2:38, Just as Jesus said in Matt. 28:19 "... in the NAME of ..."
  • Linda owami ncube
    Jonah knew he had done something wrong '' he rose up and fled to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, the mariners were afraid and cried to their Gods but Jonah remained fast asleep, HE somehow knew he was the cause of the tragedy that had befell them on the ship...as chrisian we should learn to be truthful to ourselves, always know that no man can hide from God, or his presence...
  • Farhad
    <> PROPHET JONAS: FOR AS JONAS WAS THREE DAYS
    AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE WHALE'S BELLY; SO
    SHALL THE SON OF MAN BE THREE DAYS AND
    THREE NIGHTS IN THE HEART OF THE
    EARTH." (Matthew 12:39-40). how this prediction is fulfilled by JESUS... thanks
  • Michael Paul Vines
    I have fallen on this story today. I am struggling with a leg and back injury. I am cut off from most of my family. I take most bible teachings with me everyday. I am a sinner and it ashames me. My want to be home with family hastens most interactions with people. I am happy because this stories beggining I hardly remember. I was usually being calmed down for bed, while it was read.
  • Joyce ahlijah
    Jonah knew he was serving the great God as he told the people, yet he decided to be disobedient because he thought God will blush off his refusal to go to Nineveh for the assignment, may be as before; forgetting that lives are very precious to God and so He decided to give them a fair chance to repent and not perish. That is why God let Jonah taste a bit of the forthcoming punishment for Nineveh
  • Lu2677
    V. 17 "three days and three nights" Mon. day. Mon. night, Tue. day, Tue. night, Wed. day, Wed. night=3 days, daylight, 3 nights, darkness. It looks to me that it means what it says.

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