1 Peter 2:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Peter 2:7, NIV: 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,'

1 Peter 2:7, ESV: So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”

1 Peter 2:7, KJV: Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

1 Peter 2:7, NASB: This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for unbelievers, 'A STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE,'

1 Peter 2:7, NLT: Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him, 'The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.'

1 Peter 2:7, CSB: So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving,The stone that the builders rejected --this one has become the cornerstone,

What does 1 Peter 2:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Peter continued a metaphor about God building a house. Jesus is the cornerstone—or key foundation stone—of that house, chosen and greatly valued by God. Those who trust in Him, Christ, will never be shamed or judged as guilty by God. Now in verse 7, Peter states the positive: believing in the cornerstone is an honor for Christians. Jesus is of precious value to God. As believers, He becomes our precious value, as well. Through faith, we share in His honor.

But for those who do not believe in Christ, who do not place their faith in Him, the cornerstone serves a very different purpose. Peter references Psalm 118:22 and applies it to Christ. The builders rejected the cornerstone that God chose. Those once responsible for the house of God, in Peter's metaphor, are the Jewish religious leaders—the same ones who officially rejected Jesus on behalf of Israel. Jesus Himself quoted the same verse when talking to those religious leaders in Matthew 21:42–46.