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Proverbs 20:29

Context
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The glory 1  of young men is their strength, and the splendor 2  of old men is gray hair. 3 

XREF

Le 19:32; Pr 16:31; Jer 9:23,24; 1Jo 2:14

NET © Notes

tn The Hebrew term תִּפְאֶרֶת (tiferet) means “beauty; glory”; in a context like this it means “honor” in the sense of glorying or boasting (BDB 802 s.v. 3.b).

tn The Hebrew term הֲדַר (hadar), the noun in construct, means “splendor; honor; ornament.” The latter sense is used here, since grey hair is like a crown on the head.

sn “Grey hair” is a metonymy of adjunct; it represents everything valuable about old age – dignity, wisdom, honor, experience, as well as worry and suffering of life. At the very least, since they survived, they must know something. At the most, they were the sages and elders of the people.



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