Proverbs 17:3
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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.

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

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Wonderful as is the separation of the pure metal from the dross with which it has mingled, there is something yet more wonderful in the divine discipline which purifies the good that lies hid, like a grain of gold, even in rough and common natures, and frees it from all admixture of evil. Compare Malachi 3:2; 1 Peter 1:7.

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The Unrivalled Friend
A sermon (No. 899) delivered on Lord's Day morning, November 7th, 1869, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."--Proverbs 17:17. There is one thing about the usefulness of which all men are agreed, namely, friendship; but most men are soon aware that counterfeits of friendship are common as autumn leaves. Few men enjoy from others the highest and truest form of friendship. The friendships of this world are
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Raising of the Young Man of Nain - the Meeting of Life and Death.
THAT early spring-tide in Galilee was surely the truest realisation of the picture in the Song of Solomon, when earth clad herself in garments of beauty, and the air was melodious with songs of new life. [2625] It seemed as if each day marked a widening circle of deepest sympathy and largest power on the part of Jesus; as if each day also brought fresh surprise, new gladness; opened hitherto unthought-of possibilities, and pointed Israel far beyond the horizon of their narrow expectancy. Yesterday
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
1 Chronicles 29:17
"Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You.

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

Psalm 139:23
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

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

Proverbs 17:2
A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

Proverbs 27:21
The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him.

Jeremiah 17:10
"I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.

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