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Proverbs 17:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; But Jehovah trieth the hearts.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The fining-pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but Jehovah trieth the hearts.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Fining-pot for silver, crucible for gold, but, he that trieth hearts, is Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A refining pot [is] for silver, and a furnace for gold, And the trier of hearts [is] Jehovah.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The fining pot [is] for siluer, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— As silver and gold are tried in a furnace, so are choice hearts with the Lord.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but Yahweh trieth the hearts.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The fining pot 4715
{4715} Prime
מַצְרֵף
mitsreph
{mits-rafe'}
From H6884; a crucible.
[is] for silver, 3701
{3701} Prime
כֶּסֶף
keceph
{keh'-sef}
From H3700; silver (from its pale color); by implication money.
and the furnace 3564
{3564} Prime
כּוּר
kuwr
{koor}
From an unused root meaning properly to dig through; a pot or furnace (as if excavated).
for gold: 2091
{2091} Prime
זָהָב
zahab
{zaw-hawb'}
From an unused root meaning to shimmer; gold; figuratively something gold colored (that is, yellow), as oil, a clear sky.
but Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
trieth 974
{0974} Prime
בָּחַן
bachan
{baw-khan'}
A primitive root; to test (especially metals); generally and figuratively to investigate.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
the hearts. 3826
{3826} Prime
לִבָּה
libbah
{lib-baw'}
Feminine of H3820; the heart.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 17:3

_ _ God only knows, as He tries (Psalms 12:6; Psalms 66:10) the heart.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 17:3

_ _ Note, 1. The hearts of the children of men are subject, not only to God's view, but to his judgment: As the fining-pot is for silver, both to prove it and to improve it so the Lord tries the hearts; he searches whether they are standard or no, and those that are he refines and makes purer, Jeremiah 17:10. God tries the heart by affliction (Psalms 66:10, Psalms 66:11), and often chooses his people in that furnace (Isaiah 48:10) and makes them choice. 2. It is God only that tries the hearts. Men may try their silver and gold with the fining-pot and the furnace, but they have no such way of trying one another's hearts; God only does that, who is both the searcher and the sovereign of the heart.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 27:21 [As] the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so [is] a man to his praise.
Psalms 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
Psalms 66:10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
Jeremiah 17:10 I 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.
Zechariah 13:9 And 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.
Malachi 3:2-3 But 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: ... And 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.
1 Peter 1:7 That 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 honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Revelation 2:23 And 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.
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Ps 26:2; 66:10. Pv 27:21. Is 48:10. Jr 17:10. Zc 13:9. Mal 3:2. 1P 1:7. Rv 2:23.

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