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Beside the common acceptation of this word, as signifying descent, it is used for the history and genealogy of any individual, as "The book of the generations of Adam," Genesis 5:1 , the history of Adam's creation, and of his posterity. "The generations of the heavens and of the earth," Genesis 2:4 , is a recital of the creation of heaven and earth. "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David," Matthew 1:1 , is the genealogy of Jesus Christ, and the history of his life. The ancients sometimes computed by generations: "In the fourth generation thy descendants shall come hither again," Genesis 15:16 . "Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation," Genesis 50:23 . "A bastard shall not be admitted into the congregation, till the tenth generation," Deuteronomy 23:2 . Among the ancients, when the duration of generations was not exactly described by the age of four men succeeding one another from father to son, it was fixed by some at a hundred years, by others at a hundred and ten, by others at thirty-three, thirty, twenty-five, and even at twenty years; being neither uniform nor settled: only, it is remarked, that a generation is longer as it is more ancient.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Generation'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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