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verses 4-5: “Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith; Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.”

The 2 above verses are bound together by the theme of purifying. Heat silver ore to the point that the dross in the ore rises to the top and can be skimmed off, and you are left with more pure silver. Remove any hint of shady officials or less then honest workers in the king’s court, and you are left with a more righteousness, more just, more trustworthy kingdom authority.

My wife was reminded of an old hymn that she had a copy of called Rejoice in the Lord (written by Ron Hamilton, copyright 1978 by Musical Ministries).

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man,
Give thanks to the Lord though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.

Chorus
O rejoice in the Lord, He makes no mistake.
He knoweth the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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Proverbs 3:14-15

verses 14-15: “For its profit is better than the profit of silver, And its gain than fine gold.”

Verses 13-20 concern the value of wisdom (I’m using the Ryrie NAS Study Bible here). I think I’ll start with what I read in the Holman concordance on this passage on p.29:

“Like a merchant, the writer evaluates the treasures available to him. What acquisition will produce the greatest gain or profit? Though gold and silver are undeniable measures of wealth, they can provide only the things that money can buy, and wisdom provides what money cannot buy.”

I recall a conversation I had with a peer about jobs and careers. Although monetary pay factored very heavily in the decision of whether to take a certain job with a certain company and location, money was not the sole factor in the decision (this will probably come as a shock to some in our society today!) There are things more valuable than money. Wisdom is surely one. A person’s soul is another.

One’s soul is precious, and I’m glad I’ve trusted mine to Jesus. Have you?

Have a blessed day!

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