New American Standard Bible
"Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.
King James Bible
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
Darby Bible Translation
With the aged is wisdom, and in length of days understanding.
World English Bible
With aged men is wisdom, in length of days understanding.
Young's Literal Translation
With the very aged is wisdom, And with length of days understanding.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
With the ancient is wisdom - With the aged. The word ישׁישׁ yâshı̂ysh used here, means an old man, one gray-headed. It is used chiefly in poetry, and is commonly employed in the sense of one who is decrepit by age. It is rendered "very aged" in Job 15:10; "him that stooped for age." 2 Chronicles 36:17; "very old," Job 32:6; and "the aged," Job 29:8 The Septuagint renders it, Ἐν πολλῷ χρόνῳ En pollō chronō "in much time." The sense is, that wisdom might be expected to be found with the man who had had a long opportunity to observe the course of events; who had conversed with a former generation, and who had had time for personal reflection. This was in accordance with the ancient Oriental views, where knowledge was imparted mainly by tradition, and where wisdom depended much on the opportunity of personal observation; compare Job 32:7.
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Objection 1: It would seem unnecessary for salvation to believe anything above the natural reason. For the salvation and perfection of a thing seem to be sufficiently insured by its natural endowments. Now matters of faith, surpass man's natural reason, since they are things unseen as stated above (Q, A). Therefore to believe seems unnecessary for salvation. Objection 2: Further, it is dangerous for man to assent to matters, wherein he cannot judge whether that which is proposed to him …
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1 Kings 12:6
King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, "How do you counsel me to answer this people?"
"Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, Older than your father.
"I thought age should speak, And increased years should teach wisdom.
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