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  1. Genesis 2:4, “These are the generations,” means the “history.”
  2. Genesis 5:1, “The book of the generations,” means a family register, or history of Adam.
  3. Genesis 37:2, “The generations of Jacob” = the history of Jacob and his descendants.
  4. Genesis 7:1, “In this generation” = in this age.
  5. Psalm 49:19, “The generation of his fathers” = the dwelling of his fathers, i.e., the grave.
  6. Psalm 73:15, “The generation of thy children” = the contemporary race.
  7. Isaiah 53:8, “Who shall declare his generation?” = His manner of life who shall declare? or rather = His race, posterity, shall be so numerous that no one shall be able to declare it.
  8. In Matthew 1:17, the word means a succession or series of persons from the same stock.
  9. Matthew 3:7, “Generation of vipers” = brood of vipers.
  10. Matthew 24:34, “This generation” = the persons then living contemporary with Christ.
  11. 1 Peter 2:9, “A chosen generation” = a chosen people.
  12. The Hebrews seem to have reckoned time by the generation. In the time of Abraham a generation was an hundred years, thus: Genesis 15:16, “In the fourth generation” = in four hundred years (compare verse 13 and Exodus 12:40). In Deuteronomy 1:35 and 2:14 a generation is a period of thirty-eight years.