For it says in scripture, "Look, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, and whoever believes in him will never be put to shame."
Therefore, this is what the sovereign master, the Lord, says: "Look, I am laying a stone in Zion, an approved stone, set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation. The one who maintains his faith will not panic.
Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but (as if it were possible) by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,
because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.
Then you spoke through a vision to your faithful followers and said: "I have energized a warrior; I have raised up a young man from the people.
May those who are trying to snatch away my life be totally embarrassed and ashamed! May those who want to harm me be turned back and ashamed!
Look, all who were angry at you will be ashamed and humiliated; your adversaries will be reduced to nothing and perish.
"Here is my servant whom I support, my chosen one in whom I take pleasure. I have placed my spirit on him; he will make just decrees for the nations.
They will all be ashamed and embarrassed; those who fashion idols will all be humiliated.
But the sovereign Lord helps me, so I am not humiliated. For that reason I am steadfastly resolved; I know I will not be put to shame.
Don't be afraid, for you will not be put to shame! Don't be intimidated, for you will not be humiliated! You will forget about the shame you experienced in your youth; you will no longer remember the disgrace of your abandonment.
However, I will first tell you what is written in a dependable book. (There is no one who strengthens me against these princes, except Michael your prince.
"Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I take great delight. I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
Have you not read this scripture: 'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed him, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, his chosen one!"
let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, 'From within him will flow rivers of living water.'"
"Brothers, the scripture had to be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit foretold through David concerning Judas -- who became the guide for those who arrested Jesus --
For the scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame."
For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.
Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
So as you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God's sight,
Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet's own imagination,
speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.