New International Version
The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
King James Bible
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
Darby Bible Translation
The glory of young men is their strength; and the beauty of old men is the grey 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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The glory of young men is their strength - Scarcely any young man affects to be wise, learned, etc.; but all delight to show their strength and to be reputed strong. Agility, one evidence of strength, their particularly affect; and hence their various trials of strength and fleetness in public exercises.
And the beauty of old men is the gray head - They no longer affect strength and agility, but they affect wisdom, experience, prudent counsels, etc., and are fond of being reputed wise, and of having respect paid to their understanding and experience.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryBread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Sluggard's Reproof
The Tears of the Penitent.
How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.
Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.
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