Psalm 12:6
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New International Version
And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

New Living Translation
The LORD's promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.

English Standard Version
The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

New American Standard Bible
The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

King James Bible
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.

International Standard Version
The words of the LORD are pure, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.

NET Bible
The LORD's words are absolutely reliable. They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground, where it is thoroughly refined.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The words of Lord Jehovah are pure words, choice silver in a furnace in the Earth, and purified each by seven.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The promises of the LORD are pure, like silver refined in a furnace and purified seven times.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tested in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

American King James Version
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

American Standard Version
The words of Jehovah are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, Purified seven times.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried by the fire, purged from the earth refined seven times.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of Jehovah are pure words, silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times.

English Revised Version
The words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, purified seven times.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

World English Bible
The words of Yahweh are flawless words, as silver refined in a clay furnace, purified seven times.

Young's Literal Translation
Sayings of Jehovah are pure sayings; Silver tried in a furnace of earth refined sevenfold.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1-8 The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust. - This psalm furnishes good thoughts for bad times; a man may comfort himself with such meditations and prayers. Let us see what makes the times bad, and when they may be said to be so. Ask the children of this world, What makes the times bad? they will tell you, Scarcity of money, decay of trade, and the desolations of war, make the times bad: but the Scripture lays the badness of the times on causes of another nature, 2Ti 3:1, c.: perilous times shall come, for sin shall abound; and of this David complains. When piety decays times really are bad. He who made man's mouth will call him to an account for his proud, profane, dissembling, or even useless words. When the poor and needy are oppressed, then the times are very bad. God himself takes notice of the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy. When wickedness abounds, and is countenanced by those in authority, then the times are very bad. See with what good things we are here furnished for such bad times; and we cannot tell what times we may be reserved for. 1. We have a God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect the redress of all our grievances. 2. God will certainly punish and restrain false and proud men. 3. God will work deliverance for his oppressed people. His help is given in the fittest time. Though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. The preciousness of God's word is compared to silver refined to the highest degree. How many proofs have been given of its power and truth! God will secure his chosen remnant, however bad the times are. As long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men. But all God's people are put into the hands of Christ our Saviour; there they are in safety, for none can pluck them thence; being built on Him, the Rock, they are safe, notwithstanding temptation or persecution come with ever so much force upon them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - The words of the Lord are pure words. There is no base alloy in them: therefore they may be trusted. What God promises, he will perform. As silver tried in a furnace of earth; rather, perhaps, silver assayed in a crucible on earth (Kay). Purified seven times (comp. Psalm 18:30; Psalm 19:8; Psalm 119:140; Proverbs 30:5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The words of the Lord are pure words,.... This observation the psalmist makes in reference to what is just now said in Psalm 12:5,, and in opposition to the words of wicked men in Psalm 12:2; which are deceitful, sinful, and impure. The Scriptures are the words of God; and they are pure and holy, free from all human mixtures, and from all fraud and deceit; they are the Scriptures of truth. The promises are the words of God, and they are firm and stable, and always to be depended on, and are ever fulfilled, being yea and amen in Christ Jesus. The Gospel, and the doctrines of it, are the words of God; that is the sincere milk of the word, pure and incorrupt; as it is in itself, and as it is dispensed by the faithful ministers of it; and they are all according to godliness, and tend to encourage and promote purity and holiness of heart and life; See Proverbs 30:5;

as silver tried in a furnace of earth; they are as "silver" for worth and value; yea, they are more valuable than silver or gold, Psalm 19:10. The Bible is a mine of rich treasure, and to be searched into as for it; the promises in it are exceeding precious; they are like apples of gold in pictures of silver, and yield more joy than the finding a great spoil. The doctrines of the Gospel are comparable to gold and silver and precious stones, and to be bought at any rate, but to be sold at none: and they are as silver "tried", which is pure, and free from dross. The words of men, of false teachers, are as dross and reprobate silver; but the words of the Lord are tried, and are pure, and free from all the dross of error and falsehood, Psalm 18:30. And they are as silver tried "in a furnace of earth", which some (o) render "by the Lord of the earth"; but the word rather signifies a furnace, or an refinery, in which metal is melted and purified; and may be applied to the Lord Jesus Christ in human nature, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and who came full fraught with the doctrines of the Gospel; and in whom they have been "tried", by his sufferings and death, and are found to be pure, solid, and substantial: or to the ministers of the Gospel, who have this treasure in earthen vessels, whose works and words and ministry are tried by many fiery trials, and abide: or to all the people of God in general, who dwelt in earthly tabernacles; and who, in the midst of various afflictions, have a comfortable and confirming evidence of the purity and truth of the words of God, of the promises of his covenant, and the doctrines of the Gospel;

purified seven times; that is, many times, Proverbs 24:16; and so completely and perfectly pure, and clear of all dross whatsoever, as silver so many times tried must needs be: and so the words of God are not only pure, but very pure, exceeding pure, Psalm 119:140.

(o) Vid. Jarchi, Kimchi, & Ben Melech in loc. so some in David de Pomis, Lexic. fol. 11. 1. taking in to be radical, and doubled as if it was

The Treasury of David

6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Psalm 12:6

What a contrast between the vain words of man, and the pure words of Jehovah. Man's words are yea and nay, but the Lord's promises are yea and amen. For truth, certainty, holiness, faithfulness, the words of the Lord are pure as well-refined silver. In the original there is an allusion to the most severely-purifying process known to the ancients, through which silver was passed when the greatest possible purity was desired; the dross was all consumed, and only the bright and precious metal remained; so clear and free from all alloy of error or unfaithfulness is the book of the words of the Lord. The Bible has passed through the furnace of persecution, literary criticism, philosophic doubt, and scientific discovery, and has lost nothing but those human interpretations which clung to it as alloy to precious ore. The experience of saints has tried it in every conceivable manner, but not a single doctrine or promise has been consumed in the most excessive hear. What God's words are, the words of his children should be. If we would be Godlike in conversation, we must watch our language, and maintain the strictest purity of integrity and holiness in all our communications.

Psalm 12:7

To fall into the hands of an evil generation, so as to be baited by their cruelty, or polluted by their influence, is an evil to be dreaded beyond measure; but it is an evil foreseen and provided for in the text. In life many a saint has lived a hundred years before his age, as though he had darted his soul into the brighter future, and escaped the mists of the beclouded present: he has gone to his grave unreverenced and misunderstood, and lo! as generations come and go, upon a sudden the hero is unearthed, and lives in the admiration and love of the excellent of the earth; preserved for ever from the generation which stigmatised him as a sower of sedition, or burned him as a heretic. It should be our daily prayer that we may rise above our age as the mountain-tops above the clouds, and may stand out as heaven-pointing pinnacle high above the mists of ignorance and sin which roll around us. O Eternal Spirit, fulfil in us the faithful saying of this verse! Our faith believes those two assuring words, and cries, "Thou shalt, thou shalt."

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. The words—literally, "saying of" (Ps 12:5).

seven times—thoroughly (Da 3:19).

Psalm 12:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Help, for the Godly are No More
5"Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he longs." 6The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. 7You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 22:31
"As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 18:30
As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 19:8
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Psalm 19:10
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.

Psalm 79:12
Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.

Psalm 119:140
Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.

Proverbs 30:5
"Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Treasury of Scripture

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

words

Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he …

Psalm 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment …

Psalm 119:140 Your word is very pure: therefore your servant loves it.

2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he …

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to them that put their trust in him.

as silver

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

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