generation

generation

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).

Gen 15:13

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

Gen 15:16

16And they shall come back here in the fourth generation; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

Exod 12:40

40The time that the Israelites had lived in Egypt was four hundred thirty years.

Deut 2:14

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

Job 42:16

16After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children's children, four generations.

Ps 95:10

10For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they do not regard my ways.”

Gen 6:9

Noah Pleases God
9These are the descendants of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God.

Ps 14:5

5There they shall be in great terror,
for God is with the company of the righteous.

Ps 24:6

6Such is the company of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

Ps 49:19

19they will go to the company of their ancestors,
who will never again see the light.

Ps 112:2

2Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Jer 2:3

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.

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