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Age Old

Age, Old. The aged occupied a prominent place in the social and political system of the Jews. In private life they were looked up to as the depositories of knowledge, Job 15:10; the young were ordered to rise up in their presence, Lev. 19:32; they allowed them to give their opinion first, Job 32:4; they were taught to regard gray hairs as a “crown of glory,” Prov. 16:31; 20:29. The attainment of old age was regarded as a special blessing. Job 5:26. In public affairs age formed under Moses the main qualification of those who acted as the representatives of the people in all matters of difficulty and deliberation. [Elders.]