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

  • Barbara20
    When Jesus was asked by the priests for a sign. Jesus replied, can you not decern the sign of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation, no sign but the Prophet Jonas, meaning Jonah was sent to warn Ninevah to repent. The city repented for forty days, In sackcloth, and God spared them.
  • A disciple
    "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me." The wicked and the ungodly will scream and protest and seek every means to silence the servants of the LORD; but they don't know that it is of the LORD's mercies to warn them to repent, before they are finally brought to eternal judgment. We must see eye to eye with the LORD in all His purposes.
  • Cyrus
    Jonah was a man who knew God despite his weaknesses ,he knew God will forgive Nineveh if they repent,because He is.God of mercy...people could have seen him as false prophet after what he proclaimed fails to happens, the last chapter of book of Jonah explain his character well.
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    Gods commandments are simple read Romans obedience unto righteousness ( Niveneah) or sin unto death(sodom) God woudlve spared sodom but found no obedience unto righteousness apart from lot
  • A disciple
    Christian Powell; What is the difference between Sodom and Nineveh? and why was one shown mercy and the other destroyed? The men of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah: God's pronouncement of imminent destruction convicted them of their sins, and they responded appropriately. Although Sodom had Lot living among them, there wasn't one person who took it to heart. Read Ezekiel 16:49-50
  • Christian powell
    The story of Jonah is clearly demonstrate Gods love to humanity, hi desire to save us and are not willing that we perish by his judgement. with this being the case, a question of thought comes to mind. what is the difference between Nineveh and Sodom and Gomorrah. How dose one explain Gods mercy for one but destruction for the other, his will to save one and destroy the other.

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