New International Version
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.
King James Bible
As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
Darby Bible Translation
The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; so let a man be to the mouth that praiseth him.
World English Bible
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace for gold; but man is refined by his praise.
Young's Literal Translation
A refining pot is for silver, and a furnace for gold, And a man according to his praise.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As the fining pot for silver - As silver and gold are tried by the art of the refiner, so is a man's heart by the praise he receives. If he feel it not, he deserves it; if he be puffed up by it, he is worthless.
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A sermon (No. 94) delivered on Sabbath morning, August 25, 1856, by C. H. Spurgeon at Maberley Chapel, Kingsland, on behalf of the Metropolitan Benefit Societies' Asylum, Ball's Pond Road, Islington. "Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."--Proverbs 27:1. God's most holy Word was principally written to inform us of the way to heaven, and to guide us in our path through this world to the realms of eternal life and light. But as if to teach us that God is …
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The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
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