Proverbs 17:3
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New International Version
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.

New Living Translation
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.

English Standard Version
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tests hearts.

Berean Study Bible
A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD is the tester of hearts.

New American Standard Bible
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.

King James Bible
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

Christian Standard Bible
A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold, and the LORD is the tester of hearts.

Contemporary English Version
Silver and gold are tested by flames of fire; our thoughts are tested by the LORD.

Good News Translation
Gold and silver are tested by fire, and a person's heart is tested by the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold, and the LORD is the tester of hearts.

International Standard Version
The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold— but the LORD assays hearts.

NET Bible
The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the LORD tests hearts.

New Heart English Bible
The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the hearts.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A refining pot proves silver, and the furnace gold, and Lord Jehovah tests the heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The crucible is for refining silver and the smelter for gold, but the one who purifies hearts [by fire]is the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But the LORD trieth the hearts.

New American Standard 1977
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tries the hearts.

King James 2000 Bible
The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts.

American King James Version
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts.

American Standard Version
The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But Jehovah trieth the hearts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts.

Darby Bible Translation
The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but Jehovah trieth the hearts.

English Revised Version
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

Webster's Bible Translation
The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

World English Bible
The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but Yahweh tests the hearts.

Young's Literal Translation
A refining pot is for silver, and a furnace for gold, And the trier of hearts is Jehovah.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
2A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share his inheritance as one of the brothers. 3A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD is the tester of hearts. 4A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 29:17
I know, my God, that You test the heart and delight in uprightness. All these things I have given willingly and with an upright heart, and now I have seen Your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly to You.

Psalm 26:2
Test me, O LORD, and try me; examine my heart and mind.

Psalm 139:23
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.

Proverbs 15:11
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD--how much more the hearts of men!

Proverbs 17:2
A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share his inheritance as one of the brothers.

Proverbs 27:21
A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but a man is tested by the praise accorded him.

Jeremiah 17:10
I, the LORD, search the heart; I test the mind to reward a man according to his way, by what his deeds deserve.

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

Daniel 11:35
Some of the wise will fall, so that they may be refined, purified, and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.

Malachi 3:3
And He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will present offerings to the LORD in righteousness.

Treasury of Scripture

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts.

Proverbs 27:21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man …

Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

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

Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

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

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

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

(3) The fining pot is for silver.--See above on Proverbs 2:4.

The Lord trieth the hearts.--By allowing sorrows and temptations to assail them, in order that they may come out of the trial as pure gold (Revelation 3:18; 1Peter 1:7; 1Corinthians 3:13; Malachi 3:3), purged of earthly infirmities.

Verse 3. - The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold. The word matsreph, "fining pot," occurs also in Proverbs 27:21. It is not certain what is meant by it. There is no evidence that the Israelites were acquainted with the use of acids in the manipulation of impure or mixed metals; otherwise the "pot" and the "furnace" would represent the two usual modes of reduction; but it is most probable that both allude to the same method of smelting the ore in crucibles, for the purpose of separating the pure metal from the dross. That silver and gold were plentiful in Solomon's time is abundantly evident; indeed, the amount of the precious metals collected by David and his son is almost incredible (see 1 Chronicles 22:14; 1 Chronicles 29:2, etc., from which and similar passages it is inferred that the sums enumerated equalled more than nine hundred millions of pounds sterling). But the Lord trieth the hearts (Proverbs 15:11; Proverbs 24:12). That which fire does for the metals, the Lord does for men's hearts; he purifies them from dross, brings forth the good that is in them, purged from earthly infirmities. God's process is the application of sorrow, sickness, temptation, that, duly meeting these, the soul may emerge from the trial as pure gold, fit for the Master's use (comp. Jeremiah 12:3; Malachi 3:2; 1 Peter 1:7; Revelation 3:18). The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold,.... Refiners of silver have their fining pots, in which they purify the silver from the dross; and goldsmiths have their crucibles to melt and purify their gold, by which assays of the worth and value of it may be made;

but the Lord trieth the hearts; there is no vessel, as Gersom observes, in which they can be put and tried by creatures; a man does not know, nor can he thoroughly search and try his own heart, and much less the hearts of others; God only knows and tries them, Jeremiah 17:9; The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions, render it by way of similitude, "as the fining pot is for silver", &c. as silver is refined in the pot, and gold in the furnace, so are the hearts of God's people, and their graces tried and purified by him in the furnace of affliction; the variety of troubles they are exercised with are made useful for the purging away of the dross of sin and corruption, and for the brightening of their graces, 1 Peter 1:7. 3. God only knows, as He tries (Ps 12:6; 66:10) the heart.17:1 These words recommend family love and peace, as needful for the comfort of human life. 2. The wise servant is more deserving, and more likely to appear one of the family, than a profligate son. 3. God tries the heart by affliction. He thus has often shown the sin remaining in the heart of the believer.
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