New Living Translation
I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.
King James Bible
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I have refined thee, but not as silver; I have chosen thee 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.
Isaiah 48:10 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
48:10 Behold - Although I will not cut thee off, yet I will put thee into the furnace. Silver - Which is kept in the furnace so long 'till all the dross be purged away, I will not deal so rigorously with thee; for then I should wholly consume thee. I will chuse - God had in a manner rejected Israel, and therefore it was necessary he should chuse and try this people a second time.
LibraryMan's Chief End
Q-I: WHAT IS THE CHIEF END OF MAN? A: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever. Here are two ends of life specified. 1: The glorifying of God. 2: The enjoying of God. I. The glorifying of God, I Pet 4:4: That God in all things may be glorified.' The glory of God is a silver thread which must run through all our actions. I Cor 10:01. Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.' Everything works to some end in things natural and artificial; …
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity
Christ's Prophetic Office
Gifts Received for the Rebellious
"Thou Shall Keep Him in Perfect Peace, Whose Mind is Stayed on Thee, Because He Trusteth in Thee. "
Remember that the LORD rescued you from the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt in order to make you his very own people and his special possession, which is what you are today.
1 Kings 8:51
for they are your people--your special possession--whom you brought out of the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt.
You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver.
The LORD did this to purge Israel's wickedness, to take away all her sin. As a result, all the pagan altars will be crushed to dust. No Asherah pole or pagan shrine will be left standing.
Therefore, this is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: "See, I will melt them down in a crucible and test them like metal. What else can I do with my people?
For I said to your ancestors when I brought them out of the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt, "If you obey me and do whatever I command you, then you will be my people, and I will be your God."
"Son of man, the people of Israel are the worthless slag that remains after silver is smelted. They are the dross that is left over--a useless mixture of copper, tin, iron, and lead.
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