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Leviticus 19:32 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(32) Rise up before the hoary head.—But though no regard is to be paid to these soothsayers and cunning men, the greatest reverence is to be shown to the aged, for “with the old is wisdom, and in length of days understanding” (Job. 12:12; Job. 32:7, &c.). If we, therefore, are to attain to the holiness which, as it is set forth in the beginning of this chapter, is to reflect the holiness of God, we must have reverence for the ancients, since God himself is called “the Ancient of days” (Dan. 7:9; Dan. 7:13; Dan. 7:22). This precept, which is so often inculcated in Holy Writ, is beautifully enforced in the maxims of the authorities during the second Temple. “He who receives and takes care of an old man is rewarded as if he received and sought God,” is one of their sayings. Again, “Prophets are only believed if they come armed with Divine miracles, but old men always.” To this day, when, among the orthodox Jews, an aged person enters into a house where young people are, they all rise up, and will not sit down till he asks them to do it. An exception, however, is made with regard to workmen. When an aged person passes by artisans who are en. gaged in their work, they need not stand up, and thus be interrupted in their labour.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 19:32 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 19:32 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 19:32 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Leviticus 19:32 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 19:32 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 19:32 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 19:32 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 19:32 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 19:32 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 19:32 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 19:32 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 19:32 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Leviticus 19:32 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 19:32 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 19:32 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Leviticus 19:32 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 19:32 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 19:32 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)