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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Corner, Cornerstone

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1: γωνία

(Strong's #1137 — Noun Feminine — gonia — go-nee'-ah )

"an angle" (Eng., "coign"), signifies (a) "an external angle," as of the "corner" of a street, Matthew 6:5; or of a building, 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:7 , "the corner stone or head-stone of the corner" (see below); or the four extreme limits of the earth, Revelation 7:1; 20:8; (b) "an internal corner," a secret place, Acts 26:26 . See QUARTER.

2: ἀρχή

(Strong's #746 — Noun Feminine — arche — ar-khay' )

"a beginning" (its usual meaning), "first in time, order, or place," is used to denote the extremities or "corners" of a sheet, Acts 10:11; 11:5 . See BEGINNING.

Note: For the adjective akrogoniaios (from akros, "extreme, highest," and No. 1), "a chief corner stone," see CHIEF. They were laid so as to give strength to the two walls with which they were connected. So Christ unites Jew and Gentile, Ephesians 2:20; again, as one may carelessly stumble over the "corner stone," when turning the "corner," so Christ proved a stumbling stone to Jews, 1 Peter 2:6 .

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Corner, Cornerstone'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/c/corner-cornerstone.html. 1940.

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