The Lord has made everything for [c]its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.
16:4 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex כֹּ֤ל פָּעַ֣ל יְ֭הוָה לַֽמַּעֲנֵ֑הוּ וְגַם־רָ֝שָׁ֗ע לְיֹ֣ום רָעָֽה׃
The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.
16:33 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex בַּ֭חֵיק יוּטַ֣ל אֶת־הַגֹּורָ֑ל וּ֝מֵיְהוָ֗ה כָּל־מִשְׁפָּטֹֽו׃
How would Arminianism supporters explain Proverbs 16:4 & Proverbs 16:33 (since said verses strongly suggest support for Calvinism's predestination)?
@ray-butterworth Thanks for your posting.
For Proverbs 16:4, would the following be a reasonable analogy?
-A person named John Doe is walking all alone in the forest with a bleeding physical wound
-He sees a really dirty rag near a tree
-He decides to take the dirty rag, and wrap it around his wound to slow down the bleeding
-Now, he knows the dirty rag can cause physical infections, but for the time being, the dirty rag will slow the bleeding
-Therefore, he decides that if he does get any infections from the dirty rag then he will deal with it later because the immediate concern is to Reduce the bleeding.
To conclude, the dirty rag represents Proverbs 16:4's wicked. It's sort of like selecting the lesser to 2 evils in order to put an end to the greater of the 2 evils by reducing the physical wound's bleeding which is an immediate concern at that time. If any physical infections show up which is a consequence of using the dirty rag then it can be addressed at a later point in time. )