You shall rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear your God: I am the LORD.
When you meet them in public places, or they come to where you are, show them reverence.. Infirmity, wisdom, nay, age in itself, have each a claim on us. Age, apart from its qualities, has in it solemnity. The Lord would thus solemnise us in the midst of our pursuits. "Lo! the shadow of eternity! for one cometh who is almost in eternity already. His head and beard white as snow, indicate his speedy appearance before the Ancient of Days, the hair of whose head is as pure wool." Every object, too, that is feeble seems to be recommended to our care by God; for these, are types of the condition wherein He finds us when His grace comes to save. It. is, therefore, exhibiting His grace in a shadow, when the helpless are relieved, "the fatherless find mercy" (Hosea 14:3), "the orphans relieved, and the widow" (Psalm 146:9), and the "stranger preserved."
(A. A. Bonar.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.