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July 9th, 2012, 10:42 PM
Originally Posted by 2COR12:9
I think it was actually Jesus making an analogy between Peter and himself, saying you are like a pebble, but I am a massive rock formation that is a sufficient foundation for all who come after me and follow me to build upon. Would you rather place your trust in Christ as the foundation of the Church that the grave can not overcome, or in Peter(and we know his track record (God love him))
I think it was a compliment to Peter saying you are of the same substance, though not the same magnitude.
Lexicon help for petros, you tell me, if this sounds like a formidable foundation?
4074 Pétros (a masculine noun) – properly, a stone (pebble), such as a small rock found along a pathway. 4074 /Pétros ("small stone") then stands in contrast to 4073 /pétra ("cliff, boulder," Abbott-Smith).
"4074 (Pétros) is an isolated rock and 4073 (pétra) is a cliff" (TDNT, 3, 100). "4074 (Pétros) always means a stone . . . such as a man may throw, . . . versus 4073 (pétra), a projecting rock, cliff" (S. Zodhiates, Dict).
Petra is the other(Christ), not meaning Peter here's it's help in the Lexicon:
4073 pétra (a feminine noun) – "a mass of connected rock," which is distinct from 4074 (Pétros) which is "a detached stone or boulder" (A-S). 4073 (pétra) is a "solid or native rock, rising up through the earth" (Souter) – a huge mass of rock (a boulder), such as a projecting cliff.
4073 (petra) is "a projecting rock, cliff (feminine noun) . . . 4074 (petros, the masculine form) however is a stone . . . such as a man might throw" (S. Zodhiates, Dict).
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