Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.
As used in the phrase "peculiar people" in 1 Pet. 2:9
, is derived from the Lat.peculium
, and denotes, as rendered in the Revised Version ("a people for God's own possession"), a special possession or property. The church is the "property" of God, his "purchased possession" (Eph. 1:14;
R.V., "God's own possession").
Original from The Bible Foundation - bf.org. They claim public domain status for their original text.