Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found

28 There is a mine for silver
    and a place where gold is refined.(A)

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38 Yet he was merciful;(A)
    he forgave(B) their iniquities(C)
    and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger(D)
    and did not stir up his full wrath.

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10 See, I have refined(A) you, though not as silver;
    I have tested(B) you in the furnace(C) of affliction.

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10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined,(A) but the wicked will continue to be wicked.(B) None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.(C)

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This third I will put into the fire;(A)
    I will refine them like silver(B)
    and test them like gold.(C)
They will call(D) on my name(E)
    and I will answer(F) them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’(G)
    and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.(H)’”

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He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit,(A) while every branch that does bear fruit(B) he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful.

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Footnotes

  1. John 15:2 The Greek for he prunes also means he cleans.
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