New American Standard Bible
"The abundant in years may not be wise, Nor may elders understand justice.
King James Bible
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
Darby Bible Translation
It is not the great that are wise; neither do the aged understand judgment.
World English Bible
It is not the great who are wise, nor the aged who understand justice.
Young's Literal Translation
The multitude are not wise, Nor do the aged understand judgment.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Great men are not always wise - Though wisdom may in general be looked for in them, yet it is not universally true. Great men here denote those who are distinguished for rank, age, authority.
Neither do the aged understand judgment - That is, they do not always understand it. The word judgment here means right, truth. They do not always understand what is the exact truth in regard to the divine administration. This is an apology for what he was about to say, and for the fact that one so young should speak. Of the truth of what he here said there could be no doubt, and hence, there was a propriety that one who was young should also be allowed to express his opinion on important subjects.
LibraryThe Sinner Arraigned and Convicted.
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. …
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul
Tit. 2:06 Thoughts for Young Men
"He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders.
"I thought age should speak, And increased years should teach wisdom.
"So I say, 'Listen to me, I too will tell what I think.'
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