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How long is a generation in the Bible?

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The scriptures often refer to lengths of time as a generation.

1 Chronicles 16:15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

How many years is a generation?

asked May 22, 2011 by daniel (2,840 points)

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There is no point in converting generations to years. Scripture would have used years if it intended us to think about these things in terms of years. In fact, Scripture uses years in many places, beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelations.

The use of generations has always been, in my understanding, an attempt to convey the principle of generational blessing and curses. Which makes sense, since two out of three verses directly speak to that. Some would argue that Matthew 24:34 vaguely speaks to that as well.

Further, every generation might have a different span to it, but whether it is 14 years or 38 years, a generation is a generation.
answered May 27, 2011 by mnbookman (160 points)
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The words spoken by Jesus prior to Matthew 24:34 were the generation. The words He spoke are the generation that will not fail. The events are sure to be accomplished, they will not pass until those things have be fulfilled. A generation has a beginning point then builds until completion.  So to do the event in Matthew 24. All events will occur, when the last event occurs, then the generation will be complete.
answered Jun 20, 2011 by anonymous
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I like to think in line of the "generations" that they talk about in Matthew being somehow mathimatically imprinted in the DNA of Adam. Something like a proof of that there were creations before this one and Adam is the offspring of it all. I wish I could back up this statement but I believe it. Who is going to stop me?

I found something to put into the equation on YouTube... This guy is funny--I like him. I hope you will agree.

http://youtu.be/U3bsAMyRwbw - The Genealogy of Jesus Christ (According to Eusebius)

answered Jun 23, 2011 by anonymous
edited Jun 24, 2011 by daniel
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Actually there is a number in the Bible of what a generation is which is about a hundred. You have to do outside Bible research but since the Abrahamic days the human race is about 100 years or two jubilees (49yrs plus 49 yrs). So it is for our time as predicted by a Christian in 1898. The generation that saw Israel become a nation and everyone after that was 1948 and Jerusalem becoming a city in 1967. Just to throw it out there that was two jubilees right there. So I'm not saying the day and hour because there are two days on the earth at all time that is why we won't know but by the signs.

God bless,


answered Feb 9, 2012 by anonymous
edited Feb 11, 2012 by daniel
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70 to 80 yrs. is 1 generation
answered Aug 5, 2013 by junglejim2009 (140 points)
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Matthew 1:17 All the generations, therefore, from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations, and from David unto the Babylonian removal fourteen generations, and from the Babylonian removal unto the Christ, fourteen generations.

The time from the call of Abraham until the death and resurrection of Christ is approximately 2,058 years. Thus, 2,058/42 = 49. Thus, a generation is approximately 49 years.
answered Dec 22, 2015 by daniel (2,840 points)