We will tell the next generation
about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, 5
about his strength and the amazing things he has done.
78:6 so that the next generation, children yet to be born,
might know about them.
They will grow up and tell their descendants about them. 6
from heaven the Lord will look toward earth, 8
1 tn Heb “for this is God, our God, forever and ever.” “This” might be paraphrased, “this protector described and praised in the preceding verses.”
2 tn The imperfect highlights the characteristic nature of the generalizing statement.
3 tn In the Hebrew text the psalm ends with the words עַל־מוּת (’al-mut, “upon [unto?] dying”), which make little, if any, sense. M. Dahood (Psalms [AB], 1:293) proposes an otherwise unattested plural form עֹלָמוֹת (’olamot; from עוֹלָם, ’olam, “eternity”). This would provide a nice parallel to עוֹלָם וָעֶד (’olam va’ed, “forever”) in the preceding line, but elsewhere the plural of עוֹלָם appears as עֹלָמִים (’olamim). It is preferable to understand the phrase as a musical direction of some sort (see עַל־מוּת [’al-mut] in the superscription of Ps 9) or to emend the text to עַל־עֲלָמוֹת (’al-’alamot, “according to the alamoth style”; see the heading of Ps 46). In either case it should be understood as belonging with the superscription of the following psalm.
6 tn Heb “in order that they might know, a following generation, sons [who] will be born, they will arise and will tell to their sons.”
7 tn Heb “from the height of his sanctuary.”