And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to all who are to come.
Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
We will not conceal them from their children,
But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
Even to your old age I will be the same,
And even to your graying years I will bear you!
I have done it, and I will carry you;
And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
You shall tell your son on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’
And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ then you shall say to him, ‘With a powerful hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell off the seat backward beside the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for he was old and heavy. Thus he judged Israel forty years.
They will come and will declare His righteousness
To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.
That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born,
That they may arise and tell them to their children,
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord;
Awake as in the days of old, the generations of long ago.
Was it not You who cut Rahab in pieces,
Who pierced the dragon?
Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;
Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.”
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were set so that he could not see.
So David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever.