Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts
Because of this deceit and hypocrisy, and lying: behold, I will melt them, and try them:
as the refiner does his gold and silver, by putting them into the fire of afflictions, and thereby remove their dross and corruption from them. So the Targum,
``behold, I will bring distress upon them, and melt them, and try them.''For how shall I do for the daughter of my people?
``what shall I do from before the sins of the congregation of my people?''that is, by way of resentment of them, and in order to remove them.