Grey hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life.
A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.
Gray hair is a mark of distinction, the award for a God-loyal life.
The grey head is a crown of glory, if it is seen in the way of righteousness.
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.
The silver–haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness.
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1 tn The comparative “like” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is implied by the metaphor; it is supplied for the sake of clarity.
2 sn The proverb presents the ideal, for it is not concerned with old people who may be evil. The KJV tried to qualify the interpretation by making the second half of the verse a conditional clause (“if it be found in the way of righteousness”). This is acceptable but unnecessary. The book of Proverbs is simply laying out the equity of longevity for righteousness and premature death for wicked people. In this line “gray hair” is a metonymy of adjunct/effect, representing old age; and the “glorious crown” (taking the genitive as attributive) provides a fitting metaphor to compare the hair on the head with a crown.
3 tn Heb “it is found” (so NASB) or “it will be found.”
4 sn While the proverb presents a general observation, there is a commendable lesson about old people who can look back on a long walk with God through life and can anticipate unbroken fellowship with him in glory.