20+ Bible Verses About Old Age & Aging

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Do you have a fear of aging? This fear is relatively common, but as a Christian, you may be encouraged by some of the messages about aging found in the Bible. There, you’ll find verses that talk about the positive aspects of aging. You’ll also find encouraging messages about growing older and the promise of salvation through Christ.

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The Bible also offers encouragement if you are the caregiver for an older adult and want to learn Bible verses about old age.

Inspirational or Encouraging Bible Verses About Aging

God is with you, regardless of your age. In fact, the Bible states that you are to be revered as a senior citizen. Here are verses for older people who are looking for inspiration or encouragement.

1. Isaiah 46:4

This verse reads: “And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety.”

This verse offers a great deal of comfort to older adults. Who wouldn’t like the idea of being “carried to safety” when your body is not working well?

2. Leviticus 19:32

In part, this verse reads: “Rise in the presence of the aged and honor the elderly face-to-face.” Do you need reassurance that you are still worthy of honor, even though you’re older? The Bible gives it to you.

3. Isaiah 40:31

Those who are waiting for God’s return are given this promise. The book of Isaiah states, “They’ll soar on wings like eagles; they’ll run and not grow weary; they’ll walk and not grow tired.”

4. Deuteronomy 34:7

Some people feel that the negative aspects of aging are inevitable, but in this verse, we are told that Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.

5. Ruth 4:15

In one of the two books of the Bible named after a woman, we are promised that God will “renew your life and sustain you in your old age.”

6. Psalm 90:12

Not everyone becomes wise with age, but the book of Psalms says that those who number their days may “gain a heart of wisdom.”

7. Deuteronomy 32:7

Are you looking for good advice? This verse in Deuteronomy says to read your history book and to “Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you.”

8. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

It is usual for the body to break down as it ages. Regardless, we are given this promise in the book of 2 Corinthians: “Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.”

Short Bible Verses About Aging for a Birthday Card

Celebrate the birthday of a friend or family member with one of these verses. You may also be interested in this list of songs about aging to use at the celebration.

9. Job 12:12

Are you looking for a quote to reassure someone who hit a milestone birthday? Perhaps you could also use this quote from the book of Job: “Wisdom belongs to the aged and understanding to the old.”

10. Job 32:7

There are plenty of short verses in the Bible about how older people are wise. Use one of these quotes in a birthday card, such as, “Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.”

11. Titus 2:2-5

This verse from Titus is rather lengthy, but it can serve as a reminder of how older men and women are to act. “Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”

12. Psalm 92:12-14

The godly are described like the cedars of Lebanon in the book of Psalms. “Even in old age, they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, ‘The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!’”

Bible Verses About Caring for Aging Adults

Whether you live with aging parents or overseeing their care, you may find yourself struggling with the responsibility. Here are some Bible verses that will encourage you and remind you that you are following God.

13. 1 Timothy 5:1

It’s sometimes hard being patient with people who aren’t patient with you. If it were easy, we wouldn’t have these reminders: “Do not rebuke an older man harshly.”

14. Deuteronomy 5:16

God gives us a promise if we obey his command to honor our parents. This statement follows the commandment: “that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you.”

15. Proverbs 23:22

This verse reads: “Listen to your father who begot you and do not despise your mother when she is old.” In case you didn’t know, “begot” is one of those fancy Bible words that means “bring into existence.”

16. 1 Timothy 5:8

If you are wavering about your responsibility to your family, here is what the Bible states: “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

17. James 1:27

The Bible offers plenty of advice on how to live. This is found in the book of James: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

18. 1 Timothy 5:16

It’s not just men who are told to care for their mothers. “If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.”

19. Proverbs 20:20 

Your relationship with your parents may not be comfortable, but we are told in Proverbs that “If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.” 

Bible Verses About Embracing Aging

Not everyone faces each birthday with dread. Some are thankful for each year and embrace the idea of getting older. They look at their wrinkles and gray hairs as badges of honor. 

20. Proverbs 16:31

Proverbs and Psalms are full of great verses about aging. This one states: “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.”

21. Proverbs 20:29

Not everything about growing old is good. Proverbs' verse states that young men are stronger than old, but it reassures the elderly that “gray hair the splendor of the old.”

22. Proverbs 17:6

What’s another benefit of growing older? Grandchildren! This verse states: “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged.”

Other Aging Resources are Available

While these verses may offer comfort about the aging process, few on our list talk about what comes at the moment of death. If you are looking for Bible verses that speak of salvation and the end of life, read these Bible verses about death

There are plenty of other resources available for growing older and finding it difficult to care for themselves. Talk with your local council on aging to learn about Meals on Wheels, transportation options for seniors, and social groups that will make your golden years as comfortable as possible.

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