New International Version
Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
King James Bible
Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
Darby Bible Translation
Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner:
World English Bible
Take away the dross from the silver, and material comes out for the refiner;
Young's Literal Translation
Take away dross from silver, And a vessel for the refiner goeth forth,
Proverbs 25:4 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Take away the dross from the silver - You cannot have a pure silver vessel till you have purified the silver; and no nation can have a king a public blessing till the wicked - all bad counsellors, wicked and interested ministers, and sycophants - are banished from the court and cabinet. When the wise and good only are the king's ministers and advisers, then the throne will be established in righteousness, and his administration be a universal blessing.
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Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
"Son of man, the people of Israel have become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver.
But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap.
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,
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