1 Peter 2:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

1 Peter 2:4, ESV: As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,

1 Peter 2:4, KJV: To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

1 Peter 2:4, NASB: And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by people, but is choice and precious in the sight of God,

1 Peter 2:4, 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, CSB: As you come to him, a living stone--rejected by people but chosen and honored by God--

What does 1 Peter 2:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In beginning a new thought, Peter again makes an assumption about his readers and about Christians, in general. We should continually come to the Lord. Coming to the Lord—the Word of God—is a way in which we drink the "pure spiritual milk" and "taste" that He is good. And who is this Lord that we come to? In addition to being the "living hope" (1 Peter 1:3) and the "living word" (1 Peter 1:23), the Lord is now identified as the "living stone." Each of the three emphasize that Jesus was resurrected after His death on the cross.

Specifically, Peter calls Jesus the living stone rejected by men, a reference to Psalm 118:22. Peter also quoted this verse when making his defense of Jesus before the Jewish religious leaders after they arrested him for preaching the gospel. There, he specifically called out those men who had Christ crucified as the rejecters described in Psalm 118.

In this verse, Peter identifies the Lord both as the rejected one and the chosen one—rejected by Israel's official leadership, but chosen by God Himself and precious (of enormous value). As the coming verses will reveal, Christians who experience the world's rejection can be encouraged by two things: Jesus was rejected as we are and, like Him, we are also chosen by God and precious to Him.