👉🏾Behold, I have refined thee👈🏿 This refers to the Jews in their afflictions and captivity in Babylon. YAH had in mind regarding these “afflictions” - to purify them. The word used here, and rendered 'refined', means properly to melt; to smelt metals; to subject them to the action of fire, in order to remove the scoria or dross from them ( Isaiah 1:25 says And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin).
Let’s keep going here: basically to purify in any manner. Sooo, Here it means that The Most High had used these afflictions for the same purpose for which fire is used in regard to metals, in order that every impurity in their moral and religious character might be removed. (Come back and read this later!!! It’s a blessing to be refined👉🏾Sirach 2:5 For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity‼️
📖 Isaiah 48:10 (KJV) Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have CHOSEN thee in the furnace of affliction.