Jeremiah 6:28-30
All are stubborn rebels spreading slander. [They are] bronze and iron; all of them are corrupt.
The bellows blow, blasting the lead with fire. The refining is completely in vain; the evil ones are not separated out.
They are called rejected silver, for the LORD has rejected them.
Lamentations 4:1
How the gold has become tarnished, the fine gold become dull! The stones of the temple lie scattered at the corner of every street.
Lamentations 4:2
Zion's precious people-- [once] worth their weight in pure gold-- how they are regarded as clay jars, the work of a potter's hands!
Ezekiel 22:18-22
"Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me. All of them are copper, tin, iron, and lead inside the furnace; they are the dross of silver.
Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: Because all of you have become dross, I am about to gather you into Jerusalem.
Just as one gathers silver, copper, iron, lead, and tin into the furnace to blow fire on them and melt them, so I will gather [you] in My anger and wrath, put you [inside], and melt you.
Yes, I will gather you together and blow on you with the fire of My fury, and you will be melted within the city.
As silver is melted inside a furnace, so you will be melted inside the city. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have poured out My wrath on you."
Hosea 6:4
What am I going to do with you, Ephraim? What am I going to do with you, Judah? Your loyalty is like the morning mist and like the early dew that vanishes.
Hosea 4:18
When their drinking is over, they turn to promiscuity. Israel's leaders fervently love disgrace.
2 Corinthians 2:17
For we are not like the many who make a trade in God's message [for profit], but as those with sincerity, we speak in Christ, as from God and before God.