Proverbs 16:31
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New International Version
Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.

New Living Translation
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.

English Standard Version
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

New American Standard Bible
A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.

King James Bible
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Gray hair is a glorious crown; it is found in the way of righteousness.

International Standard Version
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is obtained by following a righteous path.

NET Bible
Gray hair is like a crown of glory; it is attained in the path of righteousness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Old age is a crown of glory and the way of righteousness is praised.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Silver hair is a beautiful crown found in a righteous life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Old age is a crown of glory if it is found in the way of righteousness.

King James 2000 Bible
White hair is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.

American King James Version
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

American Standard Version
The hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Old age is a crown of dignity, when it is found in the ways of justice.

Darby Bible Translation
The hoary head is a crown of glory, [if] it is found in the way of righteousness.

English Revised Version
The hoary head is a crown of glory, it shall be found in the way of righteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.

World English Bible
Gray hair is a crown of glory. It is attained by a life of righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
A crown of beauty are grey hairs, In the way of righteousness it is found.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:27,28. Ungodly men bestow more pains to do mischief than would be needful to do good. The whisperer separates friends: what a hateful, but how common a character! 29,30. Some do all the mischief they can by force and violence, and are blind to the result. 31. Old people especially should be found in the way of religion and godliness. 32. To overcome our own passions, requires more steady management, than obtaining victory over an enemy. 33. All the disposal of Providence concerning our affairs, we must look upon to be the determining what we referred to God; and we must be reconciled to them accordingly. Blessed are those that give themselves up to the will of God; for he knows what is good for them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 31. - The hoary head is a crown of glory (Proverbs 20:29). (For "crown," see on Proverbs 17:6.) Old age is the reward of a good life, and therefore is an honour to a man (comp. Proverbs 3:2, 16; Proverbs 4:10; Proverbs 9:11; Proverbs 10:27). If it be found - rather, it shall be found - in the way of righteousness; the guerdon of obedience and holiness; whereas "bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days" (Psalm 55:23). It is well said in the Book of Wisdom (4, 5, etc.), "Honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years. But wisdom is the grey hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The hoary head is a crown of glory,.... Gray hairs, white locks through age are very ornamental; look very beautiful, bespeak gravity, wisdom, and prudence, and command reverence and respect; with the ancient Romans (s), greater honour was paid to age than to family or wealth; and the elder were revered by the younger next to God, and in the stead of parents; See Gill on Leviticus 19:32;

if it be found in the way of righteousness; that is, if such who are old and stricken in years are like Zacharias and Elisabeth, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless; when they are found in Christ, having on his righteousness; and when they live soberly, righteously, and godly; when they walk in the ways of God and true religion; keep up family worship, and private devotion; as well as constantly attend the ministry of the word and ordinances; then are they very venerable and respectable; their old age is a good old age; and in a short time they shall have the crown of glory which fadeth not away: but otherwise a sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed; an old man in the open ways of sin and vice, laden with iniquity, is a very contemptible and shocking sight.

(s) Vid. A. Gell. Noct. Attic. l. 2. c. 15.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31. (Compare Pr 20:29).

if—or, which may be supplied properly, or without it the sense is as in Pr 3:16; 4:10, that piety is blessed with long life.

Proverbs 16:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
30He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things; He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass. 31A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness. 32He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:1
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

Proverbs 3:2
for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

Proverbs 16:30
Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity; whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 20:29
The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
Treasury of Scripture

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Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men …

Leviticus 19:32 You shall rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the …

Job 32:6,7 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am …

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Genesis 47:7-10 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: …

1 Samuel 12:2-5 And now, behold, the king walks before you: and I am old and gray …

1 Chronicles 29:10 Why David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David …

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who …

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments …

Luke 2:29,37,38 Lord, now let you your servant depart in peace, according to your word…

Philemon 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech you, being such an one as Paul …

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