The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
purified seven times.
Your word is completely pure,
and Your servant loves it.
For You, God, tested us;
You refined us as silver is refined.
He will be like a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.
“The bricks have fallen,
but we will rebuild with cut stones;
the sycamores have been cut down,
but we will replace them with cedars.”
When he was called in, Tertullus began to accuse him and said: “Since we enjoy great peace because of you, and reforms are taking place for the benefit of this nation by your foresight,
I know your works—your love, faithfulness, service, and endurance. Your last works are greater than the first.