New American Standard Bible
"I thought age should speak, And increased years should teach wisdom.
King James Bible
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
Darby Bible Translation
I said, Let days speak, and multitude of years teach wisdom.
World English Bible
I said, 'Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.'
Young's Literal Translation
I said: Days do speak, And multitude of years teach wisdom.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I said, Days should speak - The aged ought to speak. They have had the advantage of long observation of the course of events; they are acquainted with the sentiments of past times; they may have had an opportunity of conversing with distinguished sages, and it is to them that we look up for counsel. This was eminently in accordance with the ancient Oriental views of what is right; and it is a sentiment which accords with what is obviously proper, however little it is regarded in modern times. It is one of the marks of urbanity and true politeness; of the prevalence of good breeding, morals, and piety, and of an advanced state of society, when respect is shown to the sentiments of the aged. They have had the opportunity of long observation. They have conversed much with people. They have seen the results of certain courses of conduct, and they have arrived at a period of life when they can look at the reality of things, and are uninfluenced now by passion. Returning respect for the sentiments of the aged, attention to their counsels, veneration for their persons, and deference for them when they speak, would be an indication of advancement in society in modern times; and there is scarcely anything in which we have deteriorated from the simplicity of the early ages, or in which we fall behind the Oriental world, so much as in the lack of this.
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1. Conviction of guilt necessary.--2. A charge of rebellion against God advanced.--3. Where it is shown--that all men are born under God's law.--4. That no man hath perfectly kept it.--5. An appeal to the reader's conscience on this head, that he hath not.--6. That to have broken it, is an evil inexpressibly great.--7. Illustrated by a more particular view of the aggravations of this guilt, arising--from knowledge.--8. From divine favors received.--9. From convictions of conscience overborne.--10. …
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Tit. 2:06 Thoughts for Young Men
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?"
2 Chronicles 10:6
Then 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?"
"Please inquire of past generations, And consider the things searched out by their fathers.
"For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, Because our days on earth are as a shadow.
"Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.
"Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, Older than your father.
"The abundant in years may not be wise, Nor may elders understand justice.
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