Rock

Names of God including the words “rock” or “stone.”

Fourteen names include the words “rock” or “stone.” For more information, click on the name.

Everlasting Rock

God my Rock

Living Stone

Rock (see below)

Rock of Israel

Rock of my refuge

Rock of my salvation

Rock of my strength

Rock of offense

Rock who begot you

Stone

Stone of Israel

Stone of stumbling

Tested Stone

 

 

Rock

The word rock is used as a descriptive name of God in many places in the Old Testament. The name is repeated in the New Testament based on those earlier verses.

Two Hebrew words with this meaning are found in the Hebrew. Sela‘ is rooted in the words for a fissure or split, hence the picture of God as a rock of refuge and a hiding place that provides security. Tsur is more massive, very safe, and virtually impenetrable like a mountain stronghold. It speaks of God’s strength, endurance, and reliability. The words are somewhat interchangeable and also occur in parallel.

My Rock (Sali) pictured in the Hebrew text of Psalm 18:2.

My Rock (Sali) in the Hebrew text of Psalm 18:2.

My Rock in Hebrew:

Sal‘i

Strong’s Concordance number: 5553

Bible references: 2 Sam. 22:2; Pss. 18:2; 31:3; 71:3

The Lord is my rock [sal‘i], my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock
[tsuri], in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
(Psalm 18:2)

 

My God my rock (Eli tsuri) pictured in the Hebrew text of Psalm 18:2

My God my rock (Eli tsuri) in the Hebrew text of Psalm 18:2

Rock in Hebrew:

Tsur

Strong’s Concordance number: 6697

Bible references: Deut. 32:4, 31; 2 Sam. 22:3; Pss. 18:2, 46; 19:14 (strength KJV); 28:1; 62:2, 6; 92:15; 144:1; Isa. 44:8 (not KJV); Hab. 1:12 (not KJV)

I proclaim the name of the Lord;
Ascribe greatness to our God!
The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.
(Deuteronomy 32:3-4)

In some verses, the Message Bible prefers an even more descriptive name of God: “Rock solid God.”

The Greek word petra meaning "Rock" pictured in the Greek text of 1 Cor. 10:4 where Paul says that Jesus is the spiritual rock.

The Greek word petra meaning “Rock” in the Greek of 1 Cor. 10:4.

Rock in Greek:

Petra

Strong’s Concordance number: 4073

Bible reference: 1 Cor. 10:4

The people of Israel, “all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:4)

Peter explains that, to some people, Jesus (Yeshua‘) was a Rock of offense.

Some biblical names for God use the word Stone in various descriptive combinations.

The phrase, Rock of ages, comes from Isaiah 26:4 in Darby’s translation, but modern versions call God the Eternal or Everlasting rock instead.

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