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25 Bible Quotes About Aging With Honor

Updated on October 21, 2017
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor, is also an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

By the middle of the century, according to the Pew Research Center Report (2014) on Attitudes about Aging, the global population of people ages 65 and older is expected to triple to 1.5 billion. “The result will be a much older world.”

While governments and health agencies are debating economic and health care options, we, the oldies, can help the situation by trying to maintain our physical and mental health. The belief that we deserve to age with honor will influence the preparation we make, the attitudes we adopt, and the outcome of being “merry” versus “miserable” old souls.

"We deserve to age with honor."

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The following Bible quotes from the New Living Translation aim to raise our perspective to the prospect of aging with appreciation for the life we have, and with the honor we deserve. Before the quotes, there is a reminder of some moral assets which although they do not substitute for physical care, they facilitate purposeful productive longevity.

Five Moral Assets to Longevity
i. Respect for God. [Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life.-Proverbs 10:27]
ii. Respect for Parents. [If you honor your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.-Ephesians 6:3]
iii. Wisdom. [Wisdom will ...add years to your life.-Proverbs 9:11]
iv. Honesty. [Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!- Psalm 34:12]
v. Humility. [True humility ...leads to riches, honor, and long life.-Proverbs 22:4]

Social and Spiritual Perks

--raising our expectations to the enjoyment of the respect, wisdom and spiritual growth which usually come with age.

"Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged."

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  1. Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:32)
  2. Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old. (Job 12:12)
  3. Even in old age they [the godly] will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. (Psalm 92:14)
  4. Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged. (Proverbs 17:6)
  5. The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. (Proverbs 20:29)
  6. When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life. (Ecclesiastes 11: 8)
  7. I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. ( Isaiah 46:4)
  8. “In the last days,’ God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people… and your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)
  9. Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. (1 Timothy 5:1)
  10. Treat older women as you would your mother. (1 Timothy 5:2).

Testimonies and Prayers

--boosting our faith and confidence in God who remains with us and helps us to complete our purpose.

  1. And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!” (Genesis 21: 6, 7)
  2. Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed! (Joshua 23:14)
  3. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. (Psalm 37:25)
  4. Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me. (Psalm 71:18)
  5. As for me [Paul], my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. (2 Timothy 4: 6, 7)

Apostle Paul: "I have remained faithful."

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Some Who Aged Honorably

--helping us embrace the blessed inevitable end of aging.

  1. Abraham was now a very old man, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. (Genesis 24:1)
  2. Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever. (Deuteronomy 34:7)
  3. “I stand here before you—an old, gray-haired man...Have I ever cheated any of you? Have I ever oppressed you? Have I ever taken a bribe and perverted justice?...The Lord and his anointed one are my witnesses today,” Samuel declared, “that my hands are clean.” ( 1 Samuel 12: 2, 3, 5)
  4. He [King David] died at a ripe old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth, and honor. (1 Chronicles 29:28)
  5. Jehoiada lived to a very old age, finally dying at 130. He was buried among the kings in the City of David, because he had done so much good in Israel for God and his Temple. (2 Chronicles 24:15, 16)
  6. So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning...Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life. (Job 42: 12, 17)
  7. Anna, a prophet, was … very old...She lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. (Luke 2: 36, 37)
  8. Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus (Philemon 1:9).
  9. It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise (Hebrews 11:11).
  10. It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff (Hebrews 11:21).

© 2017 Dora Weithers

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      Dora Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Sure, Catherine. If we pay attention, we do get wiser with age. I'm sure you did. Yes, that's my grandson and me; my pleasure.

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      Catherine Giordano 3 weeks ago from Orlando Florida

      Excellent essay. Great topic and so well done. As an oldster (I can't quite believe it), I like the one about "wisdom belongs to the aged." I do feel much more wise compared to my younger self. P.S. What a wonderful photograph of you and your grandson. (I assumed it was you and your grandson.)

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Denise. Your comment puts a healthy and joyful perspective on aging. We do better when we accept it with the right attitude.

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      Denise W Anderson 4 weeks ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It seems that in our current society, we fear aging, as is evidenced by the many beauty preparations created to mask or cover up the affects of age. This hub reminds us that age is actually our crowning glory. It is the culmination of our life's work! Who we become and what we are able to do during our aging years is the result of a lifetime of choices. We would do well to examine each day to make sure we choose well for a better future!

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thanks for your encouragement. The topic of oldies is very appealing to me; hope I can find some more satisfying subject matter on the theme.

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      William Kovacic 4 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You pick such great topics to write about. And of course, this one is one applicable to me. I definitely qualify as an "oldie." Thanks for the wisdom you included in this, Dora.

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Carrie and Welcome to HubPages! I appreciate your comment.

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      Carrie Beaudion 4 weeks ago

      Love the boldness and appreciation as well !

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, it is a blessing that you still have your aging parents with you in this life. Lear all you can from them and continually living your own life with boldness and appreciation.

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Jackie, age will never get me down. Life is precious at any stage, so I've decided to be always grateful, cheerful and hopeful; and yes, trust in God is a big plus. Love and blessings to you also.

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Jo, your assumption is right. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Jo Miller 4 weeks ago from Tennessee

      What a beautiful picture of you with the baby. I assume that's a grandchild.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      I don't know how you can keep topping yourself Dora, but you do. This was beautiful and so important for all to read.

      What a beautiful picture of you too! Perfect for your article. You are one of those lucky people that age does not hurt Dora and maybe that is because you do mind the scriptures. We love you so much!

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      Devika Primić 5 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Years go by and you wonder what happened! I see my parents getting older and sometimes wonder about me. A great idea for a hub and makes wonder as usual.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Linda. That baby is my heartthrob, one of my personal perks for aging. Glad you appreciate the quotes.

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      Linda Crampton 5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Aging with honor is a very important concept. Thank you for sharing the quotations. I love the photo of you and the baby!

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Ashish, missing your comment was not intentional. Glad to bring these quotes to your attention. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Kari, happy that these verses affect you so positively. Just enjoy today the best you can and everything will fit into place. I'm writing to myself too.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Tamara, you're as sweet and encouraging as could be. I love you, too and share your passion to leave a legacy of words for all who come behind us.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      McKenna, thanks for your very encouraging feedback. Like you, peace of mind means more to me now than ever; that's probably due to the wisdom that comes with age.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, you're so kind and sweet! Thank you very much. I plan to keep smiling--and writing.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Whonu. Glad to help. We are obligated to brighten the corner wherever we are.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Flourish. I'm learning to appreciate and celebrate my age. Glad to share that attitude.

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      RTalloni, thanks for the link. I will check out the poem. I appreciate your kind comments.

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      Kari Poulsen 5 weeks ago from Ohio

      The quote from 2 Timothy 4:6,7 is the one I want to say on my deathbed. In Psalm 92:14 I love the word green. It brings to my mind a green tree still able to bend without breaking. :)

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 5 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Beautiful! A needed post for us all. You are creating a timeless legacy of wise words. I am thankful for your posts! Our children will benefit from your good-words, as well! We need such beauty, wisdom, and grace. xxxooo Also love your beautiful smile that gives out such warmth and joy.

      Tamara

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      McKenna Meyers 5 weeks ago from Bend, OR

      The topic of aging has been on my mind so this was perfect, Dora. In our culture that so admires youth and beauty, it's important to find our value from within. Instead of fighting the aging process, it's a wonderful thing to embrace the journey and discover who we really are. Peace of mind is nothing I aspired to when I was young, but it's what matters most now. Your love of being a grandma is infectious and inspiring (love the photo).

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      Bill Holland 5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Very appropriate for me, so thank you....and something I meant to say a long time ago...I love your smile!

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      whonunuwho 5 weeks ago from United States

      Thank you or this nice list MsDorea. It helps put life in perspective. Blessings to all. whonu

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      What a worthy topic, and you addressed it beautifully. Growing older can be difficult, but there are still many thing to celebrate.

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      Ashi 5 weeks ago

      @Dora,

      Wow, this was really interesting read. I was unaware about these Bible Quotes. Thank you for writing and sharing with us :)

      p.s. I loved your photo with that cute baby :)

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      RTalloni 5 weeks ago from the short journey

      Beautiful. This is a great resource on the topic, a springboard for more study. Thank you!

      Have you ever read or heard John Piper's poem Conflict with Sloth? Among other things it is encouragement to retirees to spend time profitably. Knowing something of the author's life makes it more meaningful but it is a worthy poem even to believers who are not familiar with him. Here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-J1Xu0ttSs