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1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2:4 KJV (With Strong’s)

pros (Greek #4314)
a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e. pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e. near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e. whither or for which it is predicated)
KJV usage: about, according to , against, among, at, because of, before, between, (where-)by, for, X at thy house, in, for intent, nigh unto, of, which pertain to, that, to (the end that), X together, to (you) -ward, unto, with(-in). In the comparative case, it denotes essentially the same applications, namely, motion towards, accession to, or nearness at.
Pronounce: pros
Origin: a strengthened form of 4253
hos (Greek #3739)
the relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that
KJV usage: one, (an-, the) other, some, that, what, which, who(-m, -se), etc. See also 3757.
Pronounce: hos
Origin: ἥ (hay), and neuter ὅ (ho) probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article 3588)
proserchomai (Greek #4334)
to approach, i.e. (literally) come near, visit, or (figuratively) worship, assent to
KJV usage: (as soon as he) come (unto), come thereunto, consent, draw near, go (near, to, unto).
Pronounce: pros-er'-khom-ahee
Origin: from 4314 and 2064 (including its alternate)
, as unto a living
zao (Greek #2198)
to live (literally or figuratively)
KJV usage: life(-time), (a-)live(-ly), quick.
Pronounce: dzah'-o
Origin: a primary verb
lithos (Greek #3037)
a stone (literally or figuratively)
KJV usage: (mill-, stumbling-)stone.
Pronounce: lee'-thos
Origin: apparently a primary word
, disallowed
apodokimazo (Greek #593)
to disapprove, i.e. (by implication) to repudiate
KJV usage: disallow, reject.
Pronounce: ap-od-ok-ee-mad'-zo
Origin: from 575 and 1381
o indeed
men (Greek #3303)
properly, indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with 1161 (this one, the former, etc.)
KJV usage: even, indeed, so, some, truly, verily. Often compounded with other particles in an intensive or asseverative sense.
Pronounce: men
Origin: a primary particle
hupo (Greek #5259)
under, i.e. (with the genitive case) of place (beneath), or with verbs (the agency or means, through); (with the accusative case) of place (whither (underneath) or where (below) or time (when (at))
KJV usage: among, by, from, in, of, under, with. In the comparative, it retains the same general applications, especially of inferior position or condition, and specially, covertly or moderately.
Pronounce: hoop-o'
Origin: a primary preposition
anthropos (Greek #444)
man-faced, i.e. a human being
KJV usage: certain, man.
Pronounce: anth'-ro-pos
Origin: from 435 and ὤψ (the countenance; from 3700)
, but
de (Greek #1161)
but, and, etc.
KJV usage: also, and, but, moreover, now (often unexpressed in English).
Pronounce: deh
Origin: a primary particle (adversative or continuative)
eklektos (Greek #1588)
select; by implication, favorite
KJV usage: chosen, elect.
Pronounce: ek-lek-tos'
Origin: from 1586
para (Greek #3844)
properly, near; i.e. (with genitive case) from beside (literally or figuratively), (with dative case) at (or in) the vicinity of (objectively or subjectively), (with accusative case) to the proximity with (local (especially beyond or opposed to) or causal (on account of)
KJV usage: above, against, among, at, before, by, contrary to, X friend, from, + give (such things as they), + that (she) had, X his, in, more than, nigh unto, (out) of, past, save,, in the sight of, than, (there-)fore, with. In compounds it retains the same variety of application.
Pronounce: par-ah'
Origin: a primary preposition
theos (Greek #2316)
a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very
KJV usage: X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward).
Pronounce: theh'-os
Origin: of uncertain affinity
, and precious
entimos (Greek #1784)
valued (figuratively)
KJV usage: dear, more honourable, precious, in reputation.
Pronounce: en'-tee-mos
Origin: from 1722 and 5092

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Ministry on This Verse

a living.
Psa. 118:22‑23• 22The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
(Psa. 118:22‑23)
Isa. 8:14‑15• 14And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
(Isa. 8:14‑15)
Matt. 21:42• 42Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (Matt. 21:42)
Mark 12:10‑11• 10And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
11This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
(Mark 12:10‑11)
Luke 20:17‑18• 17And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
18Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
(Luke 20:17‑18)
Acts 4:11‑12• 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
(Acts 4:11‑12)
 "Unto whom approaching": from the time of approach it is real and full of blessing. (1 Peter 2:4-5 by W. Kelly)
 "Living" is a word near to Peter's heart, since so he was enabled to confess Christ, "the Son of the living God," (1 Peter 2:4-5 by W. Kelly)
 that which Christ builds beyond Satan's power to destroy. (1 Peter 2:4-5 by W. Kelly)
 He, a living Stone, imparts His own virtue to those who come. (1 Peter 2:4-5 by W. Kelly)
 I now know the Lord Himself: I have tasted that which He is. (1 Peter 2 by J.N. Darby)

J. N. Darby Translation

To whom coming, a living stone, cast away indeed as worthless by men, but with God chosen, precious,

W. Kelly Translation

Unto whom approaching, a living stone, by men indeed rejected but with God chosen, preciousa,

WK Translation Notes

One might have rendered entimon, "prized," or "held in honor," to distinguish it from timion, but for timē "honour" in vs. 7 which inclines me to "precious."