If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,
The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.
How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,
The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried and chosen you in the furnace of affliction.
As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall you be melted in the midst of it, and you shall know, understand, and realize that I the Lord have poured out My wrath upon you [O Israel].
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the priests, the sons of Levi, and refine them like gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord offerings in righteousness.
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined and will test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will hear and answer them. I will say, It is My people; and they will say, The Lord is my God.
For You, O God, have proved us; You have tried us as silver is tried, refined, and purified.
Your silver has become dross, your wine is mixed with water.
Men will call them reprobate and rejected silver [only dross, without good metal], because the Lord has rejected them.
Son of man, the house of Israel has become to Me scum and waste matter. All of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the midst of the furnace; they are the dross of silver.
[Remember your Creator earnestly now] before the silver cord [of life] is snapped apart, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern [and the whole circulatory system of the blood ceases to function];