Proverbs 20:29
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New International Version
The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.

New Living Translation
The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.

English Standard Version
The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.

New American Standard Bible
The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair.

King James Bible
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.

International Standard Version
The glory of young men is their strength; and the splendor of elders is their gray hair.

NET Bible
The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.

New Heart English Bible
The glory of young men is their strength. The splendor of old men is their gray hair.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The glory of young men is their strength and the excellence of elders is old age.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While the glory of young men is their strength, the splendor of older people is their silver hair.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The glory of young men is their strength; And the beauty of old men is the hoary head.

New American Standard 1977
The glory of young men is their strength,
            And the honor of old men is their gray hair.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

King James 2000 Bible
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

American King James Version
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

American Standard Version
The glory of young men is their strength; And the beauty of old men is the hoary head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The joy of young men is their strength: and the dignity of old men, their grey hairs.

Darby Bible Translation
The glory of young men is their strength; and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

English Revised Version
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the hoary head.

Webster's Bible Translation
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

World English Bible
The glory of young men is their strength. The splendor of old men is their gray hair.

Young's Literal Translation
The beauty of young men is their strength, And the honour of old men is grey hairs.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
28Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness. 29The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair. 30Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.…
Cross References
Proverbs 16:31
A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 20:30
Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.
Treasury of Scripture

The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

glory

Jeremiah 9:23,24 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither …

1 John 2:14 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known him that is …

the beauty

Proverbs 16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

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

(29) The beauty of old men is the grey head.--As suggesting the possession of experience and wisdom. It is the fault of the aged, therefore, if they do not receive the honour due to them, and this arises from their not having so spent their youth and middle age as to make their old age venerable.

Verse 29. - The glory of young men is their strength. That which makes the ornament (tiphereth) of youth is unimpaired strength and vigour, which can only be attained by due exercise combined with self-control. The moralist (Ecclesiastes 11:9) bids the young man rejoice in his youth, and let his heart cheer him in those happy days, but at the same time remember that he is responsible for the use which he makes of his powers and faculties, for for all these things God will bring him to judgment. The Greek gives a needful warning -

Μέμνησο νέος α}ν ὡς γέρων ἔσῃ ποτέ

"In youth remember thou wilt soon be old." Septuagint, "Wisdom is an ornament to young men." But koach is bodily, not mental, power. The beauty of old men is the grey head (Proverbs 16:31). That which gives an honorable look to old age is the hoary head, which suggests wisdom and experience (comp. Ecclus. 25:3-6). On the other hand, the Greek gnomist warns -

Πολιὰ χρόνου μήνυσις οὐ φρονήσεως.

"Grey hairs not wisdom indicate, but age." The glory of young men is their strength,.... That is the excellent thing in them, and it is to their honour when it is employed in the service of their king and country, and especially in the service of God and religion; though it does not become them to glory in it, Jeremiah 9:23;

and the beauty of old men is the gray head; an index of wisdom and prudence; see Job 12:12. The design of the proverb is to show that both have their excellencies and usefulness, young men and old men, and should not despise one another; nor either of them be despised in a commonwealth, both being useful in it, the one for strength, the other for counsel; and so in the church of Christ; see 1 John 2:13. 29. The glory of young men … the beauty of old men—Each age has its peculiar excellence (Pr 16:31).20:23. A bargain made by fraud will prove a losing bargain in the end. 24. How can we form plans, and conduct business, independently of the Lord? 25. The evasions men often use with their own consciences show how false and deceitful man is. 26. Justice should crush the wicked, and separate them from the virtuous. 27. The rational soul and conscience are as a lamp within us, which should be used in examining our dispositions and motives with the revealed will of God. 28. Mercy and truth are the glories of God's throne. 29. Both young and old have their advantages; and let neither despise or envy the other.
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