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Proverbs 16:31 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of righteousness.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it be found in the way of righteousness.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it is found in the way of righteousness.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The hoary head is a crown of glory, [if] it is found in the way of righteousness.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A crown of adorning, is a hoary head, in the way of righteousness, it should be found.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A crown of beauty [are] grey hairs, In the way of righteousness it is found.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Old age is a crown of dignity, when it is found in the ways of justice.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The hoary head is a crowne of glory, [if] it be found in the way of righteousnesse.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Old age is a crown of honour, but it is found in the ways of righteousness.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it be found in the way of righteousness.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The hoary x7872
(7872) Complement
Feminine of H7869; old age.
head y7872
[7872] Standard
Feminine of H7869; old age.
[is] a crown 5850
{5850} Prime
From H5849; a crown.
of glory, 8597
{8597} Prime
From H6286; ornament (abstractly or concretely, literally or figuratively).
[if] it be found 4672
{4672} Prime
A primitive root; properly to come forth to, that is, appear or exist; transitively to attain, that is, find or acquire; figuratively to occur, meet or be present.
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
in the way 1870
{1870} Prime
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
of righteousness. 6666
{6666} Prime
From H6663; rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 16:31

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 20:29).

_ _ if — or, which may be supplied properly, or without it the sense is as in Proverbs 3:16; Proverbs 4:10, that piety is blessed with long life.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 16:31

_ _ Note, 1. It ought to be the great care of old people to be found in the way of righteousness, the way of religion and serious godliness. Both God and man will look for them in that way; it will be expected that those that are old should be good, that the multitude of their years should teach them the best wisdom; let them therefore be found in that way. Death will come; the Judge is coming; the Lord is at hand. That they may be found of him in peace, let them be found in the way of righteousness (2 Peter 3:14), found so doing, Matthew 24:46. Let old people be old disciples; let them persevere to the end in the way of righteousness, which they long since set out in, that they may then be found in it. 2. If old people be found in the way of righteousness, their age will be their honour. Old age, as such, is honourable, and commands respect (Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, Leviticus 19:32); but, if it be found in the way of wickedness, its honour is forfeited, its crown profaned and laid in the dust, Isaiah 65:20. Old people therefore, if they would preserve their honour, must still hold fast their integrity, and then their gray hairs are indeed a crown to them; they are worthy of double honour. Grace is the glory of old age.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 16:31

The hoary head [is] a crown of glory, [if] it is found in the way of (o) righteousness.

(o) That is, when it is joined with virtue, or else the older that the wicked are, the more they are to be abhorred.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head.
Leviticus 19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I [am] the LORD.
Job 32:6-7 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I [am] young, and ye [are] very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion. ... I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.


Genesis 47:7-10 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. ... And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
1 Samuel 12:2-5 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons [are] with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. ... And he said unto them, The LORD [is] witness against you, and his anointed [is] witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, [He is] witness.
1 Chronicles 29:10-25 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed [be] thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. ... And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him [such] royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.
Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better [is] a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.
Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Luke 2:29-36 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: ... And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
Luke 2:37-38 And she [was] a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day. ... And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Philemon 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech [thee], being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
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Gn 47:7. Lv 19:32. 1S 12:2. 1Ch 29:10. Jb 32:6. Pv 20:29. Ec 4:13. Lk 1:6; 2:29, 37. Phm 1:9.

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