The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
– Proverbs 16:33
The casting of lots in the Old Testament time was a way of making decisions deemed too difficult, or the settling of disputes. The word for disposing means judgment, or verdict. The point of the proverb is God’s sovereign determinations and not random chance controlling events. This proverb closes chapter 16, which has strong statements of God’s sovereignty from the start (Proverbs 16:1, 9).