cornerstones and corners in the Bible


Hebrew: פִנָּה —transliteration: pinnah —meaning: cornerstone or a corner

A cornerstone (Job 38:6; Isaiah 28:16) is a block of great importance in binding together the sides of a building.

The “head of the corner” (Psalm 118:22-23) denotes the coping, the “coign of vantage”, i.e., the topstone of a building.

Cornerstone person

The word “cornerstone” is sometimes used in Scripture to denote some key person of rank and importance (Isaiah 28:16).

Our Lord Jesus Christ is called the Cornerstone who was set in highest honor (Matthew 21:42). He is also called “the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6-8).

When the prophet Zechariah (Zec. 10:4), speaking of Judah, says, “Out of him came forth the corner,” he is probably to be understood as ultimately referring to the Messiah as the “cornerstone.”

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Corners in the Bible

Hebrew words translated as “corner”

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Article Version: July 17, 2021