The Wisdom of Israel, by Edwin Collins, , at sacred-texts.com
Israel has been compared to the sand of the seashore. What meaneth this?
Men take of the sand and cast it into a fiery furnace and it comes out clear and bright, and they make glass vessels of it through which the light shines. So Israel is cast into the fiery furnace of persecution, and not only are they
saved to come out alive (Dan. iii.), but they are purified and they are knit closer together, and help mankind to see the light of heaven.