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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Peter 2:4-12

I. The apostle here gives us a description of Jesus Christ as a living stone; and though to a capricious wit, or an infidel, this description may seem rough and harsh, yet to the Jews, who placed much of their religion in their magnificent temple, and who understood the prophetical style, which calls the Messiah a stone (Isa. 8:14; 28:16), it would appear very elegant and proper. 1. In this metaphorical description of Jesus Christ, he is called a stone, to denote his invincible strength and... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Peter 2:4-10

2:4-10 Come to him, the living stone, rejected by men but chosen and precious with God, and be yourselves, like living stones, built into a spiritual house until you become a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices, which are well-pleasing to God through Jesus Christ; for there is a passage in Scripture which says, "Behold, I place in Zion a stone, chosen, a cornerstone, precious, and he who believes in him shall not be put to shame." So, then, there is preciousness in that stone to you... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Peter 2:9

But ye are a chosen generation ,.... Or "kindred"; the phrase is to be seen in the Septuagint, on Isaiah 43:20 , to which, and the following verse, the apostle refers here, and in another part of this text. The allusion is throughout to the people of Israel in general, who, in an external way, were all that is here said; but was only true in a spiritual sense of such as were chosen and called among the Jews: and who were a "generation or kindred"; being regenerate, or through abundant... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 2:9

Ye are a chosen generation - The titles formerly given to the whole Jewish Church, i.e. to all the Israelites without exception, all who were in the covenant of God by circumcision, whether they were holy persons or not, are here given to Christians in general in the same way; i.e. to all who believed in Christ, whether Jews or Gentiles, and who received baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. The Israelites were a chosen or elected race, to be a special... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 2:9

Verse 9 9But ye are a chosen generation, or race. He again separates them from the unbelieving, lest driven by their example (as it is often the case) they should fall away from the faith. As, then, it is unreasonable that those whom God has separated from the world, should mix themselves with the ungodly, Peter here reminds the faithful to what great honor they had been raised, and also to what purpose they had been called. But with the same high titles which he confers on them, Moses honored... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Peter 2:1-10

I. ITS GROWTH . 1. What must be shunned . St. Paul bids us work out our own salvation. The new birth is the beginning; that comes from God—from his free grace. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." But the new man must grow; and that growth is not spontaneous; it will not evolve itself without effort from the" incorruptible seed." Progress, growth in grace,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Peter 2:1-10

I. NEWBORN BABES . 1. Duty conditioning appetite for the Ignorant. "Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil-speakings." This duty is connected with the foregoing ("therefore"), as coming under it. As the regenerate, we are to put away all dispositions and manifestations that offend against good brotherhood. We are to put away first, as being the radical vice, all malice (as we should read, with the old translation), i.e. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Peter 2:9

But ye are a chosen generation . The pronoun "ye" is emphatic. St. Peter is drawing a contrast between the disobedient and unbelieving Jews and Christian people whether Jews or Gentiles; he ascribes to Christians, in a series of phrases quoted from the Old Testament, the various privileges which had belonged to the children of Israel. The words, "a chosen generation" ( γένος ἐκλεκτόν ), are from Isaiah 43:20 , γένος μου τὸ ἐκλεκτόν . The Cornerstone is elect, precious; the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Peter 2:9

But ye are a chosen generation - In contradistinction from those who, by their disobedience, had rejected the Saviour as the foundation of hope. The people of God are often represented as his chosen or elected people. See the notes at 1 Peter 1:2.A royal priesthood - See the notes at 1 Peter 2:5. The meaning of this is, probably, that they “at once bore the dignity of kings, and the sanctity of priests” - Doddridge. Compare Revelation 1:6; “And hath made us kings and priests unto God.” See also... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Peter 2:9-10

1 Peter 2:9-10. But ye Who have been born again of incorruptible seed, and have purified your souls by obeying the truth, &c., (1 Peter 1:22-23,) and have tasted that the Lord is gracious, (1 Peter 2:3,) and are built up upon him as lively stories; ye, who bear this character are a chosen generation Εκλελτον γενος , an elect race; all such, and such only, have that title, and other titles of a similar import, in the New Testament. See on Eph 1:3-7 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14. ... read more

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