78:2 I will sing a song that imparts wisdom;
I will make insightful observations about the past. 1
that which our ancestors 3 have told us –
We will tell the next generation
about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, 5
about his strength and the amazing things he has done.
he set up a law in Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to make his deeds known to their descendants, 7
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. 8
1 tn Heb “I will open with a wise saying my mouth, I will utter insightful sayings from long ago.” Elsewhere the Hebrew word pair חִידָה+מָשָׁל (mashal + khidah) refers to a taunt song (Hab 2:6), a parable (Ezek 17:2), proverbial sayings (Prov 1:6), and an insightful song that reflects on the mortality of humankind and the ultimate inability of riches to prevent death (Ps 49:4).
2 tn Or “known.”
8 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.”