(Proverbs 16:31 KJV) The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
In my middle school classroom I can’t talk about a simple garden hoe because of the way the thug culture has permeated the minds of the youth. Picture using the KJV’s term “hoary head.” Many people have never heard of “hoarfrost.” Being raised in Southern California I am not sure I have ever seen it, but I know what it is.
Beyond vocabulary, this verse represents another significant difference between today’s culture and the Bible. People who follow the living God accept the fact that, in general, age is to be respected, at least until it demonstrates that it has learned nothing. Experience is the kind of teacher that young people cannot understand. Even if age is not proof of wisdom, youth is rarely blessed with sagacity in spite of what your TV programs tell you.
So? Don’t accept old people as knowing everything but don’t write them off because they are over thirty.