Glossary: Stone

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Still, by implication dead (because dead means inactive), by implication eternal (in the sense of enduring, remaining), by implication firm (in the sense of unmoving).


Exodus 15:16 (KJV)  Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone

  • Death (meaning inactive) and stone are used synonymously.

1 Samuel 25:37 (KJV)  But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.

  • Bread means “life“ (see definition for Bread). Since “stone“ can refer to something dead, this would make bread the opposite of the word stone. As you see here:

Matthew 7:9 (KJV)  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread [life] will he give him a stone [death]?

  • Abigail speaks of living as being in a “bundle of life,” but of death as being slung out of a sling (alluding to a stone being slung).

1 Samuel 25:29 (KJV)  Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.

  • This next verse is a little bit more obscure, but worth noting. It seems that Jesus’ body is symbolically represented by the stone that was rolled away from the tomb (there is much more behind this conclusion than just this verse, such as the circumcision of the flesh being referred to as flesh being “rolled away” in Joshua 5:9). 

John 20:1-2 (KJV)  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

  • Stone used synonymous with the dead who are in the pit.

Isaiah 14:19 (KJV)  But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

  • The sea represents the place of the dead, under the earth (see definition for the Sea). The Egyptian‘s were just slain in the Red Sea, which was symbolic of the Lord‘s enemies being thrown into Hell. Moses sings about this here. 

Exodus 15:5 (KJV) The depths [place of the dead] have covered them: they sank into the bottom [place of the dead] as a stone.

Stone can refer to something eternal/enduring.

  • In Nebuchadnezzar‘s dream, God uses the word stone to represent his kingdom that can never be destroyed (still/eternal) coming to earth. 

Daniel 2:34-35 (KJV)  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands… and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.  VERSE 44 …God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed… but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Stone can refer to something firm.

Job 41:24 (KJV)  His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

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