The word 'gambling' does not occur in the Bible. There is an account in Luke 23: 34 about the crucifixion of Jesus. While he was on the cross it states, "And they divided up the clothes by casting lots."
Gambling is the transfer of something of value on the issue of chance without regard to value, service or goodwill. The gain of the winners, together with the profit of the promoters and tax to state, is derived from the loss of the gamblers.
Proverbs 13:11 states, "Dishonest money dwindles away but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow." Another well-known proverb says that by the sweat of one's brow one should eat bread. The Bible advocates hard work and disciplined savings.
Gambling violates the principle of just reward for goods produced or service provided. Winners usually gain a disproportionate gain for their effort and sacrifice. Gambling operates on the basis of luck or some artificially-created risk.
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