Isaiah 48:10
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New International Version
See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

New Living Translation
I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.

English Standard Version
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

King James Bible
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

International Standard Version
Look, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have purified you in the furnace of affliction.

NET Bible
Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have purified you in the furnace of misery.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have refined you, but not like silver. I have tested you in the furnace of suffering.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I have refined thee, but not as silver; I have tried thee in the furnace of affliction.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
            I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I have refined thee, and not as silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

American King James Version
Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.

American Standard Version
Behold, I have refined thee, but not as silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold I have refined thee, but not as silver, I have chosen thee in the furnace of poverty.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I have refined thee, but not as silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

English Revised Version
Behold, I have refined thee, but not as silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

World English Bible
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I have refined thee, and not with silver, I have chosen thee in a furnace of affliction.
Study Bible
Israel's Stubbornness
9"For the sake of My name I delay My wrath, And for My praise I restrain it for you, In order not to cut you off. 10"Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 11"For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another.…
Word Study

Behold I have refined
tsaraph  (tsaw-raf')
to fuse (metal), i.e. refine -- cast, (re-)fine(-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try.

thee but not with silver
keceph  (keh'-sef)
silver (from its pale color); by implication, money -- money, price, silver(-ling).

I have chosen
bachar  (baw-khar')
to try, i.e. (by implication) select -- acceptable, appoint, choose (choice), excellent, join, be rather, require.

thee in the furnace
kuwr  (koor)
a pot or furnace (as if excavated) -- furnace.

of affliction
`oniy  (on-ee')
depression, i.e. misery -- afflicted(-ion), trouble.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
48:9-15 We have nothing ourselves to plead with God, why he should have mercy upon us. It is for his praise, to the honour of his mercy, to spare. His bringing men into trouble was to do them good. It was to refine them, but not as silver; not so thoroughly as men refine silver. If God should take that course, they are all dross, and, as such, might justly be put away. He takes them as refined in part only. Many have been brought home to God as chosen vessels, and a good work of grace begun in them, in the furnace of affliction. It is comfort to God's people, that God will secure his own honour, therefore work deliverance for them. And if God delivers his people, he cannot be at a loss for instruments to be employed. God has formed a plan, in which, for his own sake, and the glory of his grace, he saves all that come to Him.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:20
"But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, from Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as today.

1 Kings 8:51
(for they are Your people and Your inheritance which You have brought forth from Egypt, from the midst of the iron furnace),

Psalm 66:10
For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.

Isaiah 27:9
Therefore through this Jacob's iniquity will be forgiven; And this will be the full price of the pardoning of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones like pulverized chalk stones; When Asherim and incense altars will not stand.

Jeremiah 9:7
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, I will refine them and assay them; For what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people?

Jeremiah 11:4
which I commanded your forefathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, 'Listen to My voice, and do according to all which I command you; so you shall be My people, and I will be your God,'

Ezekiel 22:18
"Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are the dross of silver.

Zechariah 13:9
"And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, 'They are My people,' And they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.

I have refined

Isaiah 1:25,26 And I will turn my hand on you, and purely purge away your dross, …

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come …

Psalm 66:10 For you, O God, have proved us: you have tried us, as silver is tried.

Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD …

Jeremiah 9:7 Therefore thus said the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, …

Ezekiel 20:38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress …

Ezekiel 22:18-22 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are …

Zechariah 13:8,9 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, said the LORD, two …

Malachi 3:2,3 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when …

Hebrews 12:10,11 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; …

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is …

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

with silver, or, for silver
I have chosen

Deuteronomy 4:20 But the LORD has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron …

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