100 Bible Verses about Refiners Fire

Zechariah 13:9 ESV / 5,991 helpful votes

And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

Isaiah 48:10 ESV / 5,679 helpful votes

Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.

1 Peter 1:7 ESV / 5,407 helpful votes

So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 17:3 ESV / 5,093 helpful votes

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.

Psalm 66:10 ESV / 4,596 helpful votes

For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.

Job 23:10 ESV / 4,078 helpful votes

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.

Isaiah 1:25 ESV / 3,513 helpful votes

I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy.

Malachi 3:3 ESV / 3,478 helpful votes

He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord.

1 Peter 1:6 ESV / 3,218 helpful votes

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,

Psalm 66:10-12 ESV / 3,084 helpful votes

For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

Malachi 3:1-18 ESV / 3,062 helpful votes

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts. ...

1 Peter 5:10 ESV / 2,868 helpful votes

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Malachi 3:2 ESV / 2,678 helpful votes

But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.

Jeremiah 9:7 ESV / 2,666 helpful votes

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do, because of my people?

Romans 8:28 ESV / 2,543 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

1 Corinthians 3:13 ESV / 2,522 helpful votes

Each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.

Matthew 3:10-11 ESV / 2,268 helpful votes

Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Malachi 3:1 ESV / 2,217 helpful votes

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 3:2-3 ESV / 2,127 helpful votes

But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 2,076 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Matthew 3:11 ESV / 2,012 helpful votes

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

John 15:1-27 ESV / 1,973 helpful votes

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. ...

Exodus 3:2 ESV / 1,962 helpful votes

And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.

Proverbs 25:4 ESV / 1,955 helpful votes

Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;

Psalm 12:6 ESV / 1,909 helpful votes

The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

Isaiah 4:4 ESV / 1,898 helpful votes

When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.

1 Peter 4:12 ESV / 1,734 helpful votes

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

Numbers 16:35 ESV / 1,732 helpful votes

And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.

Numbers 11:1 ESV / 1,707 helpful votes

And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.

John 3:16 ESV / 1,673 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Hebrews 12:29 ESV / 1,644 helpful votes

For our God is a consuming fire.

Deuteronomy 4:24 ESV / 1,633 helpful votes

For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

2 Kings 1:10 ESV / 1,631 helpful votes

But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.

James 1:12 ESV / 1,584 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV / 1,492 helpful votes

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 3:18 ESV / 1,433 helpful votes

I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 1,406 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Exodus 19:18 ESV / 1,405 helpful votes

Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.

James 3:6 ESV / 1,404 helpful votes

And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

Genesis 19:24 ESV / 1,366 helpful votes

Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.

Jeremiah 23:29 ESV / 1,351 helpful votes

Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

2 Kings 2:11 ESV / 1,348 helpful votes

And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Luke 3:16 ESV / 1,340 helpful votes

John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Luke 9:54 ESV / 1,289 helpful votes

And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

Matthew 25:41 ESV / 1,286 helpful votes

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Isaiah 33:14 ESV / 1,272 helpful votes

The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: “Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”

James 1:2 ESV / 1,271 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

Exodus 13:21 ESV / 1,224 helpful votes

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

Luke 7:27 ESV / 1,213 helpful votes

This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’

Mark 1:2 ESV / 1,212 helpful votes

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,

Matthew 11:10 ESV / 1,208 helpful votes

This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’

Malachi 3:11 ESV / 1,200 helpful votes

I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 1:11 ESV / 1,136 helpful votes

For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.

Daniel 11:35 ESV / 1,101 helpful votes

And some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time.

Isaiah 43:2 ESV / 1,094 helpful votes

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Ezekiel 22:18-22 ESV / 1,053 helpful votes

“Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are dross of silver. Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you have all become dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. As one gathers silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into a furnace, to blow the fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will put you in and melt you. I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it. As silver is melted in a furnace, so you shall be melted in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the Lord; I have poured out my wrath upon you.”

Malachi 3:7 ESV / 1,047 helpful votes

From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’

Isaiah 53:2 ESV / 1,031 helpful votes

For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

Acts 2:3-4 ESV / 1,025 helpful votes

And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Deuteronomy 4:23 ESV / 1,025 helpful votes

Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the Lord your God has forbidden you.

Malachi 3:18 ESV / 1,024 helpful votes

Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

Isaiah 53:1-12 ESV / 997 helpful votes

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. ...

Malachi 3:16 ESV / 967 helpful votes

Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name.

Deuteronomy 4:2 ESV / 958 helpful votes

You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.

Luke 12:49 ESV / 956 helpful votes

“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!

Romans 12:1 ESV / 913 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Titus 2:14 ESV / 904 helpful votes

Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

James 1:2-4 ESV / 858 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Romans 8:18 ESV / 816 helpful votes

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

1 John 3:2 ESV / 792 helpful votes

Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

Deuteronomy 4:20-24 ESV / 772 helpful votes

But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people of his own inheritance, as you are this day. Furthermore, the Lord was angry with me because of you, and he swore that I should not cross the Jordan, and that I should not enter the good land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance. For I must die in this land; I must not go over the Jordan. But you shall go over and take possession of that good land. Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the Lord your God has forbidden you. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Jeremiah 6:29 ESV / 722 helpful votes

The bellows blow fiercely; the lead is consumed by the fire; in vain the refining goes on, for the wicked are not removed.

Ephesians 5:26 ESV / 710 helpful votes

That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

Ezekiel 22:18 ESV / 664 helpful votes

“Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are dross of silver.

Numbers 31:23 ESV / 654 helpful votes

Everything that can stand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean. Nevertheless, it shall also be purified with the water for impurity. And whatever cannot stand the fire, you shall pass through the water.

Daniel 12:10 ESV / 635 helpful votes

Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.

Malachi 3:2-4 ESV / 608 helpful votes

But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Deuteronomy 4:20 ESV / 596 helpful votes

But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people of his own inheritance, as you are this day.

1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV / 501 helpful votes

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

Malachi 4:1 ESV / 423 helpful votes

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 409 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Psalm 18:30 ESV / 396 helpful votes

This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

1 Chronicles 28:18 ESV / 333 helpful votes

For the altar of incense made of refined gold, and its weight; also his plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord.

Zechariah 13:8-9 ESV / 331 helpful votes

In the whole land, declares the Lord, two thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive. And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

Romans 3:23 ESV / 329 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

1 Chronicles 29:4 ESV / 321 helpful votes

3,000 talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the house,

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 304 helpful votes

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Romans 12:2 ESV / 298 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 5:8 ESV / 286 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Psalm 66:1 ESV / 286 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm. Shout for joy to God, all the earth;

Malachi 3:4 ESV / 262 helpful votes

Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Romans 5:3-4 ESV / 256 helpful votes

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

James 1:3 ESV / 254 helpful votes

For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Leviticus 10:1-2 ESV / 247 helpful votes

Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.

Genesis 15:17 ESV / 247 helpful votes

When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.

1 Peter 1:13 ESV / 245 helpful votes

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

John 15:1 ESV / 234 helpful votes

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.

Exodus 14:19 ESV / 233 helpful votes

Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them,

Revelation 20:14-15 ESV / 226 helpful votes

Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Numbers 3:4 ESV / 224 helpful votes

But Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord when they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests in the lifetime of Aaron their father.

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