'Generation' in the Bible
This is the history of the generations of Noah. Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God.
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
I'm establishing my covenant between me and you, and with your descendants who come after you, generation after generation, as an eternal covenant, to be your God and your descendants' God after you.
God continued to speak to Abraham, "You and your descendants who are born in the future are to keep my covenant that is, you and your descendants, generation after generation.
Generation after generation, every male among you is to be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth, including the servant born in your house or the one purchased from a foreigner, who is not of your offspring.
Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him that we may preserve the generation of our father.
And it came to pass on the next day that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in and lie with him that we may preserve the generation of our father.
And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.
And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
God also said to Moses, "Say this to the Israelites: Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation.
""This day is to be a memorial for you, and you are to celebrate it as a festival to the LORD. You are to celebrate it as a perpetual ordinance from generation to generation.
""You are to observe the Festival of Unleavened Bread, since on this very day I brought your tribal divisions from the land of Egypt. You are to observe this day from generation to generation as a perpetual ordinance.
That was for the LORD a night of vigil to bring them out of the land of Egypt. This same night belongs to the LORD, and is to be a vigil for all the Israelis from generation to generation.
For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
In the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain that is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons are to maintain the lamp stand from evening until morning in the LORD's presence. It is to be a perpetual ordinance from generation to generation among the Israelis."
This is to be a regular burned offering made from generation to generation, at the door of the Tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will come face to face with you and have talk with you.
And every evening, when he puts the lights up in their places, the spices are to be burned, a sweet-smelling smoke going up before the Lord from generation to generation for ever.
And once every year Aaron is to make its horns clean: with the blood of the sin-offering he is to make it clean once every year from generation to generation: it is most holy to the Lord.
They are to wash their hands and their feet so that they don't die, and it is to be for them a perpetual ordinance for Aaron and his seed from generation to generation."
You are to address the Israelis and tell them, "This is to be holy anointing oil for me from generation to generation.
"You are to tell the Israelis: "You are to certainly observe my Sabbaths because it's a sign between me and you from generation to generation, so you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.
The Israelis are to keep the Sabbath to make the Sabbath observance a perpetual covenant from generation to generation.
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
You are to anoint them just as you anointed their father so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing is to qualify them to belong to a perpetual priesthood from generation to generation."
Which the Lord said the children of Israel were to give them, on the day when he made them his priests. It is their right for ever from generation to generation.
Say to Aaron, If a man of your family, in any generation, is damaged in body, let him not come near to make the offering of the bread of his God.
And let this feast be kept before the Lord for seven days in the year: it is a rule for ever from generation to generation; in the seventh month let it be kept.
The horns are to be sounded by the sons of Aaron, the priests; this is to be a law for you for ever, from generation to generation.
The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
There is to be one law for you and for the man of another country living with you, one law for ever from generation to generation; as you are, so is he to be before the Lord.
From generation to generation you are to give to the Lord a lifted offering from the first of your rough meal.
All the laws which the Lord has given you by the hand of Moses, from the day when the Lord gave them, and ever after from generation to generation;
And the LORD'S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed.
And now you have come to take the place of your fathers, another generation of sinners, increasing the wrath of the Lord against Israel.
Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers,
And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the LORD sware unto them.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
Know that the LORD your God is God, the trusted God who faithfully keeps his covenant to the thousandth generation of those who love him and obey his commands.
A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:
The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation.
So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it;
They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.
Remember the days of old, Consider the years of generation to generation; Ask thy father, and he will shew thee; Thine elders, and they will tell thee.
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
At that time the Lord said to Joshua, Make knives of flint and circumcise the [new generation of] Israelites as before.
And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the river and led him throughout all the land of Canaan and multiplied his generation and gave him Isaac.
And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
When a leader died, the next generation would again act more wickedly than the previous one. They would follow after other gods, worshiping them and bowing down to them. They did not give up their practices or their stubborn ways.
Furthermore, I am giving you what you did not request -- riches and honor so that you will be the greatest king of your generation.
But he gave no attention to the opinion of the old men, and went to the young men of his generation who were waiting before him:
And the young men of his generation said to him, This is the answer to give to the people who came to you saying, Your father put a hard yoke on us; will you make it less? say to them, My little finger is thicker than my father's body;
And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.
This was the word of the LORD which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass.
Remember his covenant forever, his promise that he made to the thousandth generation,
But he gave no attention to the opinion of the old men, but went to the young men of his generation who were waiting before him.
And the young men of his generation said to him, This is the answer to give to the people who came to you saying, Your father put a hard yoke on us, but will you make it less; say to them, My little finger is thicker than my father's body;
and likewise unto those of their generation with all their little ones, their wives, and their sons and daughters, through all the congregation, for in their faithfulness they sanctified themselves in holiness.
And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.
For ask the previous generation, and pay attention to what their fathers discovered,
Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.
He says to himself, "I will never be moved- from generation to generation without calamity."
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
They will come and tell about his saving deeds; they will tell a future generation what he has accomplished.
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.
From generation to generation, I will cause your name to be remembered. Therefore people will thank you forever and ever. To the Director: A song by the Sons of Korah, to the tune of "The Maidens".
Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
For he sees [that] the wise die, together [with the] fool and brute they perish, and leave their wealth to the next [generation].
Their graves are their eternal homes, their homes from generation to generation, though they have named estates after themselves.
He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
Days to the days of the king Thou addest, His years as generation and generation.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
May they fear you as long as the sun and moon shine from generation to generation.
If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
Hath his loving-kindness ceased for ever? hath his word come to an end from generation to generation?
We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
Why should the Gentile nations say, Where is their God? Let vengeance for the blood of Your servants which is poured out be known among the nations in our sight [not delaying until some future generation].
Then we, Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will thank You forever; we will declare Your praise to generation after generation.
Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger from generation to generation?
I will sing forever about the gracious love of the LORD; from generation to generation I will declare your faithfulness with my mouth.
"I will establish your dynasty forever, and I will lift up one who will build your throne from generation to generation." Interlude
Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation.
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
for the LORD is good and his gracious love stands forever. His faithfulness remains from generation to generation. A Davidic Psalm
But thou, Jehovah, abidest for ever, and thy memorial from generation to generation.
This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
I said, My God, take me not away in the midst of my days! ... Thy years are from generation to generation.
And it was credited to him as a righteous act, from generation to generation to eternity.
Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Your faithfulness continues from generation to generation. You established the earth, and it stands firm.
Thy name, O Jehovah, is for ever; thy memorial, O Jehovah, from generation to generation.
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