The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 118:22
The stone [which] the builders refused…
This is not
Zerubabel, according to the sense of some Jews, as Theodoret suggests;
nor the people of Israel, as Jarchi and Kimchi; nor David, as the
Targum, which paraphrases the words,
``the child the builders despised was among the sons of Jesse,
and deserved to be appointed a king and a governor.''
He doubtless was a type of Christ, and there was some shadow of what is
here said in him: he was refused by all the tribes but Judah;
Ishbosheth, the son of Saul, was set upon the throne, though afterwards
all Israel and Judah united in making David king, (2 Samuel 2:8-10) (5:3) . But
the Messiah is intended, as some ancient Jewish writers F5 own, and
Jarchi himself elsewhere F6 confesses; and which is certain from the
quotation and application of this passage to Christ, in (Matthew 21:42)
(Acts 4:11,12) ; who is compared to a stone for his strength and duration;
and because of his usefulness in the spiritual building of the church,
as a foundation and corner stone; (See Gill on 21:42). Him the
Jewish builders refused; their political ones, their rulers, that
believed not on him; the princes of this world, that rose up against
him and crucified him; even those who were the support of their civil
state, and the maintainers of it: but more especially their
ecclesiastical builders, the chief priests, Scribes, and Pharisees, who
built the people, or directed them to build on their carnal privileges,
the traditions of the elders, and their own legal righteousness. These
refused to receive Jesus as the Messiah, and to believe in him; they
refused to own and honour him as King of Zion; they refused his
doctrines and ordinances; they refused to hear him preach, or suffer
others to hear him; they refused to make use of him in the spiritual
building, either to preach him themselves, or allow others to do it;
they rejected him with contempt; they set him at nought, and preferred
a thief and a robber to him;
is become the head [stone] of the corner;
Christ is the corner stone,
that unites elect angels and elect men together, Jews and Gentiles, Old
and New Testament saints, saints above and below, saints in all ages
and places; and he is the head stone, or chief corner stone, for
strength and beauty, and the head of the corner; or of persons most
eminent, who are sometimes called the corner, (Judges 20:2) (Zechariah 10:4) .
Christ is exalted above all; he is the head of principalities and
powers, the angels; he is made higher than the kings of the earth; and
is the head of the body, the church, an head both of eminence and
F5 Zohar in Exod. fol. 93. 3. Vid. Tikkune Zohar, Correct. 5. fol. 15. 2.
F6 Comment. in Mic. v. 2.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalm 118:22". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=118&verse=022>. 1999.