Isaiah 48:10
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.

Berean Study Bible
See, 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.

New King James Version
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested 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.

NASB 1995
"Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

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

Amplified Bible
“Indeed, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested and chosen you in the furnace of affliction.

Christian Standard Bible
Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you 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.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, I have purified you, and not with silver, and I have proven you in the furnace of poverty

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Behold, I have sold thee, but not for silver; but I have rescued thee from the furnace of affliction.

Contemporary English Version
I tested you in hard times just as silver is refined in a heated furnace.

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

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

Good News Translation
I have tested you in the fire of suffering, as silver is refined in a furnace. But I have found that you are worthless.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Behold, I have refined you, and not with silver, "" I have chosen you in a furnace of affliction.

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

New Heart English Bible
Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have chosen you 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Israel's Stubbornness
9For the sake of My name I will delay My wrath; for the sake of My praise I will restrain it, so that you will not be cut off. 10See, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 11For My own sake, My very own sake, I will act; for how can I let Myself be defamed? I will not yield My glory to another.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:20
Yet the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of His inheritance, as you are today.

1 Kings 8:51
For they are Your people and Your inheritance; You brought them out of Egypt, out of the furnace for iron.

Psalm 66:10
For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us like silver.

Isaiah 27:9
Therefore Jacob's guilt will be atoned for, and the full fruit of the removal of his sin will be this: When he makes all the altar stones like crushed bits of chalk, no Asherah poles or incense altars will remain standing.

Jeremiah 9:7
Therefore this is what the LORD of Hosts says: "Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do because of the daughter of My people?

Jeremiah 11:4
which I commanded your forefathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, saying, 'Obey Me, and do everything I command you, and you will 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 copper, tin, iron, and lead inside the furnace; they are but the dross of silver.

Zechariah 13:9
This third I will bring through the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. 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 our 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 upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: …

Job 23:10
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Psalm 66:10
For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.

with silver, or, for silver

Deuteronomy 4:20
But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.









(10) I have refined thee, but not with silver . . .--The meaning is obscure, and perhaps depends on some unknown process in ancient metallurgy. Commonly the refining of silver is taken as a parable of God's dealings with His people (Isaiah 1:25; Ezekiel 22:18-22; Malachi 3:3). Here the thought seems to be that the discipline had been less fierce than that of the refiner's fire. Silver was "purified seven times in the fire" (Psalm 12:6); but that would have brought about the destruction of Israel, and He sought to spare them.

I have chosen thee.--Better, I have tested thee.

Verse 10. - I have refined thee, but not with silver; rather, but not as silver (Cheyne). or, but not in the manner of silver (Delitzsch); i.e. not with the severity with which silver is refined (see Psalm 12:6). I have chosen thee; rather, I have tested thee. The furnace of affliction is here the Babylonian captivity. The object of the Captivity was to "test" and "refine," or purify God's people to a certain extent - not with extreme severity, but in such sort as to fit them to "bear his Name before the Gentiles" for another five hundred years.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
See,
הִנֵּ֥ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

I have refined you,
צְרַפְתִּ֖יךָ (ṣə·rap̄·tî·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6884: To smelt, refine, test

but not
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

as silver;
בְכָ֑סֶף (ḇə·ḵā·sep̄)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3701: Silver, money

I have tested
בְּחַרְתִּ֖יךָ (bə·ḥar·tî·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 977: To try, select

you in the furnace
בְּכ֥וּר (bə·ḵūr)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3564: Smelting pot or furnace

of affliction.
עֹֽנִי׃ (‘ō·nî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6040: Affliction, poverty


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