"Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
"But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, from Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as today.
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, I will refine them and assay them; For what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people?
"But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.
"Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are the dross of silver.
so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
(for they are Your people and Your inheritance which You have brought forth from Egypt, from the midst of the iron furnace),
"I will also turn My hand against you, And will smelt away your dross as with lye And will remove all your alloy.
and I will purge from you the rebels and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they will not enter the land of Israel. Thus you will know that I am the LORD.
"It will come about in all the land," Declares the LORD, "That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it.
"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.
For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;
'Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.