And they said to one another, “Come, let’s cast lots so that we may know who is responsible for this evil that is upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Bible other translations

“And they said to one another.” The decision to cast lots did not come as a result of a meeting but was someone’s idea that then got passed back and forth among the crew until there was a general consensus of what they should do.

“cast lots.” There were various ways to cast lots. In this case, exactly how they did it is not described and not vital to the story.

Commentary for: Jonah 1:7