used to denote the period of a man's life ( Genesis 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 ( Ephesians 2:7 ; Ephesians 3:5 Ephesians 3:21 ; Colossians 1:26 ). Respect to be shown to the aged ( Leviticus 19:32 ). It is a blessing to communities when they have old men among them ( Isaiah 65:20 ; Zechariah 8:4 ). The aged supposed to excel in understanding ( Job 12:20 ; 15:10 ; Job 32:4 Job 32:9 ; 1 Kings 12:6 1 Kings 12:8 ). A full age the reward of piety ( Job 5:26 ; Genesis 15:15 ).

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[J] indicates this entry was also found in Jack Van Impe's Prophecy Dictionary

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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Age". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .



A period of time or a dispensation. In the above sense the word occurs only once in the King James Version, in the sing, as the translation of dor, which means, properly, a "revolution" or "round of time," "a period," "an age" or "generation of man's life"; almost invariable translated "generation," "generations" (Job 8:8), "Inquire, I pray thee, of the former age"); we have the plural as the translation of aion, properly "duration," "the course or flow of time," "an age or period of the world," "the world" (Ephesians 2:7, "in the ages to come"; Colossians 1:26, "the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations," the English Revised Version, "from all ages," etc., the American Revised Version, margin, of geneai, "generations" (Ephesians 3:5 "generations," Ephesians 3:21, "unto all generations for ever and ever," Greek margin, "all the generations of the age of the ages"). "Ages is given in margin of the King James Version (Psalms 145:13; Isaiah 26:4, "the rock of ages").

We have "age" in the above sense (2 Esdras 3:18; Tobit 14:5; aion) "ages," aion (1 Esdras 4:40 (of Truth) "she is the strength," etc., "of all ages"), genea, the Revised Version (British and American), "generation" (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:27; 1 Macc 2:61); Ecclesiasticus 24:33, eis geneas aionon, "generations of ages"; The Wisdom of Solomon 14:6, "generations' (geneseos).

Revised Version has "age" for "world" (Hebrews 6:5); "ages" for "worlds" (the Revised Version, margin Hebrews 1:2; the American Revised Version, margin; compare 1 Timothy 1:17) (margin, "unto the ages of the ages"), "ages" for "world" (1 Corinthians 10:11; Hebrews 9:26). the English Revised Version has "all ages" for "the beginning of the world " (Ephesians 3:9, the American Standard Revised Version "for ages"); "king of the ages" for "king of saints" (Revelation 15:3, corrected text; margin, many ancient authorities read "nations"; Jeremiah 10:7).


W. L. Walker

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'AGE'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.