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Zion’s Foundation Stone

16 Here’s what the Lord God says:
    “Behold, I set in place in Zion a Foundation Stone,[a]
    fully tested and proven to be faithful and secure.[b]
    And written upon this precious cornerstone is this:
    ‘Those who trust in him will not act in haste.’[c]
17 I will set justice as the true measurement
    and integrity its plumb line.
    My hailstorm[d] will sweep away your refuge of lies,
    and my floodwaters will overwhelm your hiding place.
18 Then your covenant with death will be annulled
    and your pact with the underworld will not stand.
    And when the overwhelming scourge sweeps over you,
    it will sweep you away![e]

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  1. Isaiah 28:16 The Foundation Stone is Christ, set in place in the councils of eternity. The Hebrew word for “stone” is taken from the root word for “son” (ben). God’s Foundation Stone is his Son, Jesus Christ. See Rom. 9:33. Now the Son/Stone has become many (1 Peter 2:5-7). From these stones/sons, the Father is building us into his holy temple.
  2. Isaiah 28:16 The promised one, Jesus Christ, is the Chief Cornerstone on which we rest our faith, because we are those who dwell in Zion’s realm (Heb. 12:22). Believers throughout all time have proven that he is faithful. See Ps. 118:22; Acts 4:11; Eph. 2:20; Rev. 21:19-20.
  3. Isaiah 28:16 Or “will never run away (in fear).” Faith, firmly set upon Christ, is patient and never rushes, for faith leaves the timing of all things in God’s hands. Peter quotes this verse, saying, “Whoever believes in him will certainly not be disappointed” (1 Peter 2:6).
  4. Isaiah 28:17 Hail is a biblical metaphor for divine judgment. See v. 2; Ex. 9–10; Josh. 10:11; Ps. 18:12-13; 148:8; Isa. 32:19; Rev. 8:7; 11:19; 16:21.
  5. Isaiah 28:18 Or “It will trample you down.”