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Peculiar

as used in the phrase “peculiar people” in 1 Pet. 2:9, is derived from the Latin: peculium, and denotes, as rendered in the Revised Version (“a people for God's own possession”), a special possession or property

The church is the “property” of God, his “purchased possession” (Eph. 1:14; Revised Version, “God's own possession”).

Author: Matthew G. Easton.