Proverbs 25:4

“Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Take away the drosse from the siluer, and there shall come foorth a vessell for the finer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Take away the dross from the silver, And there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Take away the waste from silver, and a vessel will come out for the silver-worker.
- Basic English Bible

Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner:
- Darby Bible

Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
- Webster's Bible

Take away the dross from the silver, and material comes out for the refiner;
- World English Bible

Take away dross from silver, And a vessel for the refiner goeth forth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 25:4


25:4 Take away - Then, and not 'till then it is fit for that use.


Discussion for Proverbs 25

  • Mr. Smith
    The "unfaithful man" in vs 19 speaks of the "old self/man" that Paul refers to in Eph 4:22-24. He is the "sense ruled" man. A person that only trusts in and relies on that which he can experience with the five senses will be unproductive (like a broken tooth or foot out of joint) and will have no rule over his spirit (vs 28). When a man rules his spirit, all things are possible.
  • Irene123
    Pro. 25:5 - Oh, that it could be so!!!
  • BSP
    Verse 15 shows that a mild reply can soften one's demeanor. Speaking in a harsh way can cause one to harden themselves.
  • Rodion Ponomariev
    Chapter 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
  • Timk
    Proverbs 25:2, along with Pa7ls admission to Timothy to study the scriptures is what drives me to find the truths of Gods word. I want to become a "king"
  • Cathy-Austin Otekhile
    Verse 5 "take away the dross from the silver " whatever that is in our lives making us an unworthy vessels need to be taking away. We need to put off the old nature and then our vessels can become finer and ready for the master's use. Remember a little yeast leavened the whole lump.

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