Jesus - Cornerstone
KJV - Therefore thus saith the Lord , Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
NLT - Therefore, this is what the Sovereign says:
Literally, "Behold Me as Him who has laid"; namely, in My divine counsel (Rev 13:8 ); none save I could lay it ( Isa 63:5 ).
stone--Jesus Christ; Hezekiah [MAURER], or the temple [EWALD], do not realize the full significancy of the language; but only in type point to Him, in whom the prophecy receives its exhaustive accomplishment; whether Isaiah understood its fulness or not (1Pe 1:11, 12 ), the Holy Ghost plainly contemplated its fulfilment in Christ alone; so inIsa 32:1; compare Gen 49:24 Psa 118:22 Mat 21:42 Rom 10:11 Eph 2:20.
tried--both by the devil ( Luk 4:1-13 ) and by men ( Luk 20:1-38 ), and even by God (Mat 27:46 ); a stone of tested solidity to bear the vast superstructure of man's redemption. The tested righteousness of Christ gives its peculiar merit to His vicarious sacrifice. The connection with the context is; though a "scourge" shall visit Judea ( Isa 28:15 ), yet God's gracious purpose as to the elect remnant, and His kingdom of which "Zion" shall be the center, shall not fail, because its rests on Messiah ( Mat 7:24, 25 2Ti 2:19 ).
precious--literally "of preciousness," so in the Greek, ( 1Pe 2:7 ). He is preciousness.