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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CommentaryBarnes' 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.
LibraryThe 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.
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.
Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!
A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him.
"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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