What is meant by an old man in his dotage? The fruit has ripened and rotted in old age, childish desires, a loss of judgment and memory, and a senseless garrulity of speech, absence of that intellect which is required for the comprehension of our mysteries. — ( Ecclesiastes 10:13 )

For that reason Masons are admonished not to accept 'an old man in his dotage' into their ranks.

See also: Qualifications

Biblical References

Ecclesiastes 10:13

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

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