Cornerstone is one of the words you may see in your Bible, as a metaphor for Christ. Below are Bible verses about the cornerstone. When the word first appears in Old Testament Hebrew, it show up as construction material, specifically the square corner of a building. The word appears in New Testament Greek as an external angle, internal corner, or secret place.

A modern definition is the the stone usually placed ritually in the outer wall of a building to commemorate its dedication. Sometimes the stone is solid, with date or other inscription.  Now that we have a frame of reference, let’s look at Bible verses about the cornerstone.

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone. (Psalm 118:22 HCSB)

So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. (Isaiah 28:16 NIV)

No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 51:26 NIV)

From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler. (Zechariah 10:4 NIV)

This Jesus is the stone rejected by you builders, which has become the cornerstone. (Acts 4:11 HCSB)

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.(Ephesians 2:19-20 NIV)

Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. (Ephesians 2:20 NLT)

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. (1 Peter 2:4 NLT)

As the Scriptures say, “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”(1 Peter 2:6 NLT)

So honor will come to you who believe, but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected—this One has become the cornerstone, (1 Peter 2:7 HCSB)

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