Psalm 71:18
New International Version
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.

New Living Translation
Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

English Standard Version
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.

Berean Study Bible
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, until I proclaim Your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come.

King James Bible
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

New King James Version
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.

New American Standard Bible
And even when I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.

NASB 1995
And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.

NASB 1977
And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Thy strength to this generation, Thy power to all who are to come.

Amplified Bible
And even when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not abandon me, Until I declare Your [mighty] strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.

Christian Standard Bible
Even while I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me, while I proclaim your power to another generation, your strength to all who are to come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even when I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me. Then I will proclaim Your power to another generation, Your strength to all who are to come.

American Standard Version
Yea, even when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not, Until I have declared thy strength unto the next generation, Thy might to every one that is to come.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Leave me not to old age and seniority until I show your arm and your power to the coming generation!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
even until I am old and advanced in years. O God, forsake me not; until I shall have declared thine arm to all the generation that is to come:

Contemporary English Version
Don't leave me when I am old and my hair turns gray. Let me tell future generations about your mighty power.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And unto old age and grey hairs: O God, forsake me not, Until I shew forth thy arm to all the generation that is to come: Thy power,

English Revised Version
Yea, even when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have declared thy strength unto the next generation, thy might to every one that is to come.

Good News Translation
Now that I am old and my hair is gray, do not abandon me, O God! Be with me while I proclaim your power and might to all generations to come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even when I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me live to tell the people of this age what your strength has accomplished, to tell about your power to all who will come.

International Standard Version
Also, when I reach old age and have gray hair, God, do not forsake me, until I have declared your power to this generation and your might to the next one.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And even unto old age and hoary hairs, O God, forsake me not; Until I have declared Thy strength unto the next generation, Thy might to every one that is to come.

Literal Standard Version
And also to old age and grey hairs, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to a generation, Your might to everyone that comes.

NET Bible
Even when I am old and gray, O God, do not abandon me, until I tell the next generation about your strength, and those coming after me about your power.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, do not forsake me, until I have declared your strength to the next generation, your might to everyone who is to come.

World English Bible
Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, don't forsake me, until I have declared your strength to the next generation, your might to everyone who is to come.

Young's Literal Translation
And also unto old age and grey hairs, O God, forsake me not, Till I declare Thy strength to a generation, To every one that cometh Thy might.

Additional Translations ...
Context
In You, O LORD, I Have Taken Refuge
17O God, You have taught me from my youth, and to this day I proclaim Your marvelous deeds. 18Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, until I proclaim Your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come. 19Your righteousness reaches to the heavens, O God, You who have done great things. Who, O God, is like You?…

Cross References
Psalm 22:31
They will come and proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn--all that He has done.

Psalm 71:9
Do not discard me in my old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.

Psalm 78:4
We will not hide them from their children, but will declare to the next generation the praises of the LORD and His might, and the wonders He has performed.

Psalm 78:6
that the coming generation would know them--even children yet to be born--to arise and tell their own children

Psalm 119:8
I will keep Your statutes; do not utterly forsake me.

Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age, I will be the same, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you and deliver you.


Treasury of Scripture

Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed your strength to this generation, and your power to every one that is to come.

Now

Psalm 71:9
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

Genesis 27:1
And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

1 Samuel 4:15,18
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see…

when I am old and grey-headed [heb.

Psalm 78:4,6
We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done…

Psalm 145:4,5
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts…

Exodus 13:8,14-17
And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt…

strength [heb.

Isaiah 51:9
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?

Isaiah 53:1
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?









(18) Now also when.--Literally, yea, even to old age and grey hairs. Psalm 129:1 shows that this may be a national as well as an individual prayer.

Thy strength.--Literally, thine arm, the symbol of power. (Comp. Isaiah 52:10; Isaiah 53:1, &c)

Unto this generation.--Literally, to a generation, explained by the next clause to mean, to the coming generation.

Verse 18. - Now also when! am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not. Surely, then, thou wilt not forsake me when my youth has fled, and my time of weakness and decay has arrived, so that I need thee all the more. At the time of Adonijah's rebellion, David was "old and stricken in years" (1 Kings 1:1) - nearly, if not quite, seventy years of age (2 Samuel 5:4). Until I have showed thy strength (literally, thine own) unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. The psalmist calls on God to sustain him in his old age, not for his own sake, but that he may impress on the rising generation God's might and marvellous acts.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Even
וְגַ֤ם (wə·ḡam)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

when I am old
זִקְנָ֨ה ׀ (ziq·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2209: Old age

and gray,
וְשֵׂיבָה֮ (wə·śê·ḇāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7872: Hoary head, old age

do not
אַֽל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

forsake me,
תַּעַ֫זְבֵ֥נִי (ta·‘az·ḇê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

O God,
אֱלֹהִ֪ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

until
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

I proclaim
אַגִּ֣יד (’ag·gîḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

Your power
זְרוֹעֲךָ֣ (zə·rō·w·‘ă·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2220: The arm, the foreleg, force

to the next generation,
לְד֑וֹר (lə·ḏō·wr)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1755: A revolution of time, an age, generation, a dwelling

Your might
גְּבוּרָתֶֽךָ׃ (gə·ḇū·rā·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1369: Force, valor, victory

to all
לְכָל־ (lə·ḵāl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

who are to come.
יָ֝ב֗וֹא (yā·ḇō·w)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go


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