2:7 So you who believe see 1 his value, 2 but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the 3 cornerstone, 4 2:8 and a stumbling-stone 5 and a rock to trip over. 6 They stumble 7 because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 8
1 tn Grk “to you who believe is the value,” referring to their perception of the stone in contrast to those who reject (vv. 7b-8). But the expression may also be translated as “to you who believe is this honor,” referring to the lack of shame cited in v. 6b.
2 tn Grk “the value” or “the honor,” but the former is preferred since it comes from the same root as “priceless” in vv. 4, 6, and it is in contrast to the negative estimate of the stone by those who reject (vv. 7b-8).
3 tn Grk “the head of the corner.”
5 tn Grk “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” The latter phrase uses the term σκάνδαλον (skandalon), denoting an obstacle to faith, something that arouses anger and rejection.
7 tn Grk “who stumble,” referring to “those who do not believe” in vs. 7. Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
8 tn Grk “to which they were also destined.”