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What Does the Bible Say About Gambling?

Frequently Asked Questions

Bible Teachings

Archaeological and historical evidence shows that dice playing and other forms of gambling were practiced in Biblical times. However, gambling is mentioned only a few times in the Bible. The Roman soldiers cast lots to see who would get Jesus' clothing after He was crucified (Matthew 27:35, Mark 15:24, Luke 23:34, John 19:24). Gambling by casting lots is also mentioned in Psalms 22:18 and Job 6:27).

Casting lots was not primarily a gambling method, but a way of making a decision, similar to drawing straws (Leviticus 16:8, Numbers 34:13, Jonah 1:7, Acts 1:23-26). It was sometimes assumed that God would make His will known in the outcome. The "lots" mentioned in the Bible may have been a form of dice, but that is not certain.

The Bible does not give any direct guidance on whether gambling is right or wrong. According to the Bible, however, some of the motivations and actions that may accompany modern gambling are sins:

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