The period of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their children; all of the people alive during that time. The OT uses “generation” only loosely as a measure of time, and it is therefore difficult to use the term in exact chronological calculations. Although a generation sometimes covers up to a hundred years (Gen 15:13
; Gen 15:16
; Exod 12:40
), most biblical writers seem to consider thirty to forty years to be a normal generation (Deut 2:14
; Job 42:16
; Ps 95:10
). Usually “generation” simply refers to all of the people at a given time (Gen 6:9
; Ps 14:5
; Ps 24:6
; Ps 49:19
; Ps 112:2
; Jer 2:3
13Then the Lord! said to Abram, “Know this for certain, that your offspring shall be aliens in a land that is not theirs, and shall be slaves there, and they sh ... View more
16And they shall come back here in the fourth generation; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
40The time that the Israelites had lived in Egypt was four hundred thirty years.
14And the length of time we had traveled from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed the Wadi Zered was thirty-eight years, until the entire generation of warriors had ... View more
16After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children's children, four generations.
10For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they do not regard my ways.”
Noah Pleases God
9These are the descendants of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God.
5There they shall be in great terror,
for God is with the company of the righteous.
6Such is the company of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
19they will go to the company of their ancestors,
who will never again see the light.
2Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3Israel was holy to the Lord,
the first fruits of his harvest.
All who ate of it were held guilty;
disaster came upon them,
says the Lord.