crucible

crucible

A vessel, usually ceramic, employed for heating substances to high temperatures. It was used mainly for the refining of silver (Prov 17:3; Prov 27:21). It also designates the bottom of a small furnace where a bloom of metal gathers in the refining process.

Prov 17:3

3The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.

Prov 27:21

21The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
so a person is tested by being praised.

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