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One’s “lot in life” is a reference one’s fortune of misfortune as determined by fate, chance, and luck. A “lot” was a token, often a marked stone, cast with others, like dice, to determine an outcome by sheer chance. The word “Lottery“ is derived from lot. Your lot in life is simply the circumstances you must live with, as determined by fate and over which you have little control.

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2021-03-29 00:16:49
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2013-04-01 08:03:47

It's a Biblical reference. Not to push religious belief, but the saying comes from the story in Genesis where Abraham and Lot part ways and Lot, not believing in Abraham's knowledge of God, seeks his own future and is tortured for it. Parts ways with what God has commanded multiple times and throughout his life seeks the wrong path. Therefore, in his life he finds trouble throughout. Many in this day in age who find trouble (perceived or otherwise) in life, claim it is their "Lot" in life that they must endure.

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Jub

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2021-06-10 16:59:21
lol religious folks always have an obvious bias to make everything about their faith.
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Jub

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2021-06-10 16:59:22
lol religious folks always have an obvious bias to make everything about their faith.
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Jub

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2021-06-10 17:00:50
Oops, premature submit - to my knowledge, the etymology of "lot" or drawing "lots" has nothing to do with the bible and it has its roots in Germanic and Norse language - just look up with the etymology for the word "lot

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