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1 Peter 2:4-6

A Living Stone, a Chosen People

2:4 So as you come to him, 1  a living stone rejected by men but 2  chosen and priceless 3  in God’s sight, 2:5 you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer 4  spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2:6 For it says 5  in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, 6  and whoever believes 7  in him 8  will never 9  be put to shame. 10 

1 tn Grk “to whom coming…you are built up…” as a continuation of the reference to the Lord in v. 3.

2 tn Greek emphasizes the contrast between these two phrases more than can be easily expressed in English.

3 tn Grk “chosen, priceless.”

4 tn Grk “unto a holy priesthood to offer.”

5 tn Grk “it contains,” “it stands.”

6 tn Grk “chosen, priceless.”

7 tn Grk “the one who believes.”

8 tn Grk either “in him” or “in it,” but the OT and NT uses personify the stone as the King, the Messiah whom God will establish in Jerusalem.

9 tn The negative (οὐ μή, ou mh) is emphatic: “will certainly not.”

10 sn A quotation from Isa 28:16.

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