Psalms 66:10

10 For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.

Psalms 66:10 in Other Translations

10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
10 You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver.
10 He trained us first, passed us like silver through refining fires,
10 For You, God, tested us; You refined us as silver is refined.

Psalms 66:10 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 66:10

For thou, O God, hast proved us
And by the experiment found them to be true and faithful; to have the truth of grace, and the root of the matter in them; not reprobate silver, or their grace counterfeit grace; but of the right kind, solid and substantial;

thou hast tried us as silver is tried;
in a furnace, where it is put and melted by the refiner, and purified from the dross that attends it. So the Targum,

``thou hast purified us as the silversmith purifieth the silver;''

or tries it by melting and purifying it. Thus the Lord puts his people into the furnace of afflictions, and sits as a refiner and purifier of them; hereby he tries their graces, faith, patience, hope, and love, their principles and their professions; refines their graces, and makes them more bright and illustrious; removes their dross and tin, and reforms their manners; and proves them to be good silver, and approves of them, and esteems them as such, even as his peculiar treasure. From whence it appears, as well as from the following verses, that afflictions are of God; that they are for the good of his people, and not their hurt; like silver they are put into the fire of affliction, not to be destroyed and lost, but to be purged and refined; and that they are not in wrath, but in love: and this, with what follows, may respect the sufferings of the saints under Rome, Pagan and Papal; when Christ's feet, the members of his mystical body, were like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; when their graces were tried, their works were known, and their persons proved and approved, ( Revelation 1:15 ) ( Revelation 2:9-13 Revelation 2:18 Revelation 2:19 ) ; see ( Zechariah 13:9 ) .

Psalms 66:10 In-Context

8 Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;
9 he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 15:25
  • 2. S Job 6:29; S Job 28:1; S Psalms 12:6; Psalms 17:3; Isaiah 48:10; Zechariah 13:9; 1 Peter 1:6-7
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