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.
The word “cornerstone” is sometimes used in Scripture to denote some key person of rank and importance (Isaiah 28:16).
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Corners in the Bible
Angle of a house (Job 1:19)
Angle of a street (Proverbs 7:8)
The “street corners” mentioned in Matthew 6:5 means the angles where streets meet so as to form a square or place of public congregation or rest.
“Corners” in Neh. 9:22 KJV denotes the various districts of the promised land allotted to the Israelites.
“The corners of Moab” in Numbers 24:17 KJV is better translated “the foreheads of Moab” or “the brow of Moab” modern translations: Num. 24:17 NIV; Numbers 24:17 NASB; Num. 24:17 NKJV.
The “corners of a field” (Leviticus 19:9 KJV; Lev. 23:22 KJV) are its extreme parts, which were not to be reaped.
The “four corners of the Earth” in Isaiah 11:12 and “four corners of land” in Ezek. 7:2 denotes the whole land.
Hebrew words translated as “corner”
- Hebrew: פֵאָה —transliteration: peah —meaning: corner, side
- פֵאָה —transliteration: peah —meaning: corner, side
- פָנָה —transliteration: panah —meaning: to turn or corner
- זָוִית —transliteration: zavith —meaning: a corner
- כָּנָף —transliteration: kanaph —meaning: wing, extremity, edge, fold or corner
- פַעַם —transliteration: paam —meaning: a beat, foot, anvil, occurrence or corner
- פִנָּה —transliteration: pinnah —meaning: a corner or cornerstone
Greek: γωνία —transliteration; gónia —meaning: an angle, a corner