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Scripture of The Day: 28

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Eddi, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. Eddi

    Eddi eddifying

    Aug 9, 2016
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    In my opinion:

    Proverbs 16:33
    New American Standard Bible

    33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.

    This shows us that "God does not play dice" with the universe - as Einstein famously put it

    This means that God has a plan, and that he is implementing it through his divine providence, and that nothing is left to mere chance

    Does this deny that we humans have free will? Maybe it does. But what if God's plan is based on the outcome of our free-will, which he knows in advance of us enacting it?

    I don't know, that's a very big question

    But the message I'm getting from this is that nothing is left to chance or coincidence

    Which I personally find comforting
  2. dybmh

    dybmh Terminal Optimist
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    Jan 6, 2019
    Take a look at verse 9:

    "A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord prepares his step."

    Also verse 32 which leads into verse 33:

    "One who is slow to anger is better than a mighty man, and one who rules over his spirit [is better] than one who conquers a city."

    Based on this, I don't think free-will is denied.

    It also might be helpful to look at the word that is being translated as "decision".

    Strong's Hebrew: 4941. מִשְׁפָּט (mishpat) -- judgment

    Using this an alternate translation of verse 33 is:

    "The lot is cast in the lap, but all his judgment is from the Lord."
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