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Proverbs 17

Prov. 17:3 KJV (With Strong’s)

The fining pot
mitsreph (Hebrew #4715)
a crucible
KJV usage: fining pot.
Pronounce: mits-rafe'
Origin: from 6884
is for silver
keceph (Hebrew #3701)
silver (from its pale color); by implication, money
KJV usage: money, price, silver(-ling).
Pronounce: keh'-sef
Origin: from 3700
, and the furnace
kuwr (Hebrew #3564)
a pot or furnace (as if excavated)
KJV usage: furnace. Compare 3600.
Pronounce: koor
Origin: from an unused root meaning properly, to dig through
for gold
zahab (Hebrew #2091)
gold, figuratively, something gold-colored (i.e. yellow), as oil, a clear sky
KJV usage: gold(-en), fair weather.
Pronounce: zaw-hawb'
Origin: from an unused root meaning to shimmer
: buti the Lord
Yhovah (Hebrew #3068)
(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God
KJV usage: Jehovah, the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069.
Pronounce: yeh-ho-vaw'
Origin: from 1961
bachan (Hebrew #974)
to test (especially metals); generally and figuratively, to investigate
KJV usage: examine, prove, tempt, try (trial).
Pronounce: baw-khan'
Origin: a primitive root
the hearts
libbah (Hebrew #3826)
the heart
KJV usage: heart.
Pronounce: lib-baw'
Origin: feminine of 3820

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Ministry on This Verse

Prov. 27:21• 21As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise. (Prov. 27:21)
Psa. 26:2• 2Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. (Psa. 26:2)
Psa. 66:10• 10For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. (Psa. 66:10)
Isa. 48:10• 10Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. (Isa. 48:10)
Jer. 17:10• 10I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jer. 17:10)
Zech. 13:9• 9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. (Zech. 13:9)
Mal. 3:2‑3• 2But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
(Mal. 3:2‑3)
1 Peter 1:7• 7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (1 Peter 1:7)
Rev. 2:23• 23And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (Rev. 2:23)
 The refiner of silver and the purifier of gold know just what heat is necessary to purge away all dross, and will take care that just the right amount be permitted. So with our God and Father. He desires to free us from the base things of earth, and He allows us to pass through the fires of affliction for that end. But it is precious indeed to know that He sits by the fining pot, waiting till His own image be reflected in the soul. (Proverbs Seventeen by H.A. Ironside)

J. N. Darby Translation

The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but Jehovah trieth the hearts.