Proverbs 17:3

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

Proverbs 17:3 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tests hearts.
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
The Message Bible (MSG)
3 As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan, so our lives are assayed by God.
American Standard Version (ASV)
3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But Jehovah trieth the hearts.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
3 The crucible is for refining silver and the smelter for gold, but the one who purifies hearts [by fire] is the LORD.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
3 A crucible is for silver and a smelter for gold, but the Lord is a tester of hearts.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
3 Fire tests silver. Heat tests gold. But the LORD tests our hearts.

Proverbs 17:3 Meaning and Commentary

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 ) .

Proverbs 17:3 In-Context

1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Proverbs 27:21
  • 2. S 1 Chronicles 29:17; Psalms 26:2; S Psalms 139:23; 1 Peter 1:7; Jeremiah 17:10
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