1 Peter 2:4
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New International Version
As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him--

King James Bible
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

Darby Bible Translation
To whom coming, a living stone, cast away indeed as worthless by men, but with God chosen, precious,

World English Bible
coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious.

Young's Literal Translation
to whom coming -- a living stone -- by men, indeed, having been disapproved of, but with God choice, precious,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

To whom coming, as unto a living stone - This is a reference to Isaiah 28:16 : Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation. Jesus Christ is, in both the prophet and apostle, represented as the foundation on which the Christian Church is built, and on which it must continue to rest: and the stone or foundation is called here living, to intimate that he is the source of life to all his followers, and that it is in union with him that they live, and answer the end of their regeneration; as the stones of a building are of no use but as they occupy their proper places in a building, and rest on the foundation.

Disallowed indeed of men - That is, rejected by the Jews. This is a plain reference to the prophecy, Psalm 118:22 : The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

Chosen of God - To be the Savior of the world, and the Founder of the Church, and the foundation on which it rests; As Christ is the choice of the Father, we need have no doubt of the efficacy and sufficiency of all that he has suffered and done for the salvation of a lost world. God can never be mistaken in his choice; therefore he that chooses Christ for his portion shall never be confounded.

Precious - Εντιμον· Honourable. Howsoever despised and rejected by men, Jesus, as the sacrifice for a lost world, is infinitely honorable in the sight of God; and those who are united by faith to him partake of the same honor, being members of that great and glorious body of which he is the head, and stones in that superb building of which he is the foundation.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

To.

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you...

Jeremiah 3:22 Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come to you; for you are the LORD our God.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 5:40 And you will not come to me, that you might have life.

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.

a living.

John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;

John 6:57 As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me.

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live...

John 14:6,19 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me...

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled...

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.

stone.

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone...

Daniel 2:34,45 You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image on his feet that were of iron and clay...

Zechariah 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; on one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the engraving thereof...

Zechariah 4:7 Who are you, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings...

disallowed.

Psalm 118:22,23 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner...

Isaiah 8:14,15 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel...

Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected...

Mark 12:10,11 And have you not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner...

Luke 20:17,18 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected...

Acts 4:11,12 This is the stone which was set at nothing of you builders, which is become the head of the corner...

chosen.

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit on him...

Matthew 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit on him...

precious.

1 Peter 2:7 To you therefore which believe he is precious: but to them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed...

1 Peter 1:7,19 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire...

2 Peter 1:1,4 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ...

Library
Under the Shepherd's Care.
A NEW YEAR'S ADDRESS. "For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."--1 Peter ii. 25. "Ye were as sheep going astray." This is evidently addressed to believers. We were like sheep, blindly, willfully following an unwise leader. Not only were we following ourselves, but we in our turn have led others astray. This is true of all of us: "All we like sheep have gone astray;" all equally foolish, "we have turned every one to his own way." Our first
J. Hudson Taylor—A Ribband of Blue

Transcriber's Note:
List of corrections and amendments made: Ephesians: Page 36: added closing quote after "the event of our inheritance" (line 3) 102: "gentle words ot" to "to" 154: "it" added in "what it is to hear" 263: [Preached on Whitsunday] was a footnote. 286: (R.V.) to (R.V.). for consistency with other references. 286: "please to understand" to "do" 287: "we shoud be entitled" to "should" 391: added -- and changed Ephes. to Eph. for consistency with other headings 391: added colon after "Mark its
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

That the Grace of God Doth not Join Itself to those who Mind Earthly Things
"My Son, precious is My grace, it suffereth not itself to be joined with outward things, nor with earthly consolations. Therefore thou oughtest to cast away all things which hinder grace, if thou longest to receive the inpouring thereof. Seek a secret place for thyself, love to dwell alone with thyself, desire the conversation of no one; but rather pour out thy devout prayer to God, that thou mayest possess a contrite mind and a pure conscience. Count the whole world as nought; seek to be alone
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

"For Hereunto were Ye Called; Because Christ Also Suffered for You...
"For hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow in his steps." It was Friday morning and the Rev. Henry Maxwell was trying to finish his Sunday morning sermon. He had been interrupted several times and was growing nervous as the morning wore away, and the sermon grew very slowly toward a satisfactory finish. "Mary," he called to his wife, as he went upstairs after the last interruption, "if any one comes after this, I wish you would
Charles M. Sheldon—In His Steps

Cross References
Isaiah 42:1
"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.

1 Corinthians 3:11
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:7
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,"

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