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used in the Bible to denote the period of a person’s life (Gen. 47:28), the maturity of life (John 9:21), the latter end of life (Job 11:17), a generation of the human race (Job 8:8), and an indefinite period (Eph. 2:7; 3:5, 21; Col. 1:26).
Respect was to be shown to the aged (Lev. 19:32). It is a blessing to communities when they have old men and women among them (Isa. 65:20; Zech. 8:4). The aged are supposed to excel in understanding (Job 12:20; 15:10; 32:4, 9; 1 Kings 12:6, 8). A full age can be the reward of piety (Job 5:26; Gen. 15:15).