New Living Translation
"Son of man, the people of Israel are the worthless slag that remains after silver is smelted. They are the dross that is left over--a useless mixture of copper, tin, iron, and lead.
King James Bible
Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.
Darby Bible Translation
Son of man, the house of Israel is become dross to me: they are all copper, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace: they are become the dross of silver.
World English Bible
Son of man, the house of Israel is become dross to me: all of them are brass and tin and iron and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are the dross of silver.
Young's Literal Translation
The house of Israel hath been to Me for dross, All of them are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, In the midst of a furnace -- dross hath silver been,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
22:18 Dross - Utterly degenerate, and base metal. The furnace - The afflictions I have laid upon them have not bettered them. The dross - While they loved mercy, did justly, walked humbly with their God, they were as silver; now they are but dross.
To a modern taste, Ezekiel does not appeal anything like so powerfully as Isaiah or Jeremiah. He has neither the majesty of the one nor the tenderness and passion of the other. There is much in him that is fantastic, and much that is ritualistic. His imaginations border sometimes on the grotesque and sometimes on the mechanical. Yet he is a historical figure of the first importance; it was very largely from him that Judaism received the ecclesiastical impulse by which for centuries it was powerfully …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
You skim off the wicked of the earth like scum; no wonder I love to obey your laws!
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.
Once like pure silver, you have become like worthless slag. Once so pure, you are now like watered-down wine.
I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.
They are the worst kind of rebel, full of slander. They are as hard as bronze and iron, and they lead others into corruption.
How the gold has lost its luster! Even the finest gold has become dull. The sacred gemstones lie scattered in the streets!
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