Proverbs 17:3

3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.

Read Proverbs 17:3 Using Other Translations

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tests hearts.
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.

What does Proverbs 17:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 17:3

The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold
Refiners of silver have their fining pots, in which they purify the silver from the dross; and goldsmiths have their crucibles to melt and purify their gold, by which assays of the worth and value of it may be made; but the Lord trieth the hearts;
there is no vessel, as Gersom observes, in which they can be put and tried by creatures; a man does not know, nor can he thoroughly search and try his own heart, and much less the hearts of others; God only knows and tries them, ( Jeremiah 17:9 Jeremiah 17:10 ) ; The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions, render it by way of similitude, "as the fining pot is for silver" as silver is refined in the pot, and gold in the furnace, so are the hearts of God's people, and their graces tried and purified by him in the furnace of affliction; the variety of troubles they are exercised with are made useful for the purging away of the dross of sin and corruption, and for the brightening of their graces, ( 1 Peter 1:7 ) .

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