In Matthew 21:42-44 and parallel passages, Jesus (Yeshua‘) applied the prophetic words of Psalm 118:22-23 to Himself and thus accepted the title “Stone.” Jesus likened Himself to a stone that had far more value in God’s purposes than most people realized.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream in which the heavenly stone was revealed. Daniel interpreted the dream as a prophecy of the coming kingdom of God inaugurated by Jesus.

Stone (aven), a tested stone, pictured in the Hebrew text of Isaiah 28:16.

Stone (aven) in the Hebrew text of Isaiah 28:16.


Stone in Hebrew:


Strong’s Concordance number: 68

Bible references: Ps. 118:22; Isa. 28:16

The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
(Psalm 118:22-23)

Stone (avna) photographed in the Aramaic text of Daniel 4:35.

Stone (avna) in the Aramaic text of Daniel 4:35.

Stone in Aramaic:


Strong’s Concordance number: 69

Bible reference: Dan. 2:34-35

You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. (Daniel 2:34-35)

The Greek word "lithos" meaning "stone" pictured in the text of 1 Peter 2:7.

The Greek word “lithos” meaning “stone” in the text of 1 Pet. 2:7.


Stone in Greek:

Ho lithos

Strong’s Concordance number: 3037

Bible references: Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:7, which all quote Ps. 118:22.

Jesus is
“the stone you builders rejected,

    which has become the cornerstone.” (Acts 4:11 NIV)