New International Version
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
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.
Proverbs 17:3 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The fining pot is for silver - When silver is mixed, or suspected to be mixed, with base metal, it must be subjected to such a test as the cupel to purify it. And gold also must be purified by the action of the fire. So God tries hearts. He sends afflictions which penetrate the soul, and give a man to see his state, so that he may apply to the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, to destroy what cannot stand the fire, to separate and burn up all the dross.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
1 Chronicles 29:17
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.
Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD-- how much more do human hearts!
A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.
"I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve."
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