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Proverbs 25:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Take away the dross from the silver, And there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Remove the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth, to the refiner, a vessel:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Take away dross from silver, And a vessel for the refiner goeth forth,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Take away the rust from silver, and there shall come forth a most pure vessel:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Take away the drosse from the siluer, and there shall come foorth a vessell for the finer.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Beat the drossy silver, and it shall be made entirely pure.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Take away 1898
{1898} Prime
A primitive root; to remove.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
the dross 5509
{5509} Prime
From H5472 in the sense of refuse; scoria.
from the silver, 3701
{3701} Prime
From H3700; silver (from its pale color); by implication money.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
and there shall come forth 3318
{3318} Prime
A primitive root; to go (causatively bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proximate.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
a vessel 3627
{3627} Prime
From H3615; something prepared, that is, any apparatus (as an implement, utensil, dress, vessel or weapon).
for the finer. 6884
{6884} Prime
A primitive root; to fuse (metal), that is, refine (literally or figuratively).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 25:4-5

_ _ As separating impurities from ore leaves pure silver, so taking from a king wicked counsellors leaves a wise and beneficent government.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 25:4-5

_ _ This shows that the vigorous endeavour of a prince to suppress vice, and reform the manners of his people, is the most effectual way to support his government. Observe, 1. what the duty of magistrates is: To take away the wicked, to use their power for the terror of evil works and evil workers, not only to banish those that are vicious and profane from their presence, and forbid them the court, but so to frighten them and restrain them that they may not spread the infection of their wickedness among their subjects. This is called taking away the dross from the silver, which is done by the force of fire. Wicked people are the dross of a nation, the scum of the country, and, as such, to be taken away. If men will not take them away, God will, Psalms 119:119. If the wicked be taken away from before the king, if he abandon them and show his detestation of their wicked courses, it will go far towards the disabling of them to do mischief. The reformation of the court will promote the reformation of the kingdom, Psalms 101:3, Psalms 101:8. 2. What the advantage will be of their doing this duty. (1.) It will be the bettering of the subjects; they shall be made like silver refined, fit to be made vessels of honour. (2.) It will be the settling of the prince. His throne shall be established in this righteousness, for God will bless his government, the people will be pliable to it, and so it will become durable.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 25:4

Take away — Then, and not 'till then it is fit for that use.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 25:4

Take away the (f) dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the refiner.

(f) When vice is removed from a king, he is a meet vessel for the Lord's use.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
Isaiah 1:25-27 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: ... Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
Malachi 3:3 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.
2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. ... If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, [and] prepared unto every good work.
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:
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