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Psalms 78:5-8

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78:5 He established a rule 1  in Jacob;

he set up a law in Israel.

He commanded our ancestors

to make his deeds known to their descendants, 2 

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. 3 

78:7 Then they will place their confidence in God.

They will not forget the works of God,

and they will obey 4  his commands.

78:8 Then they will not be like their ancestors,

who were a stubborn and rebellious generation,

a generation that was not committed

and faithful to God. 5 

1 tn The Hebrew noun עֵדוּת (’edut) refers here to God’s command that the older generation teach their children about God’s mighty deeds in the nation’s history (see Exod 10:2; Deut 4:9; 6:20-25).

2 tn Heb “which he commanded our fathers to make them known to their sons.” The plural suffix “them” probably refers back to the Lord’s mighty deeds (see vv. 3-4).

3 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.”

4 tn Heb “keep.”

5 tn Heb “a generation that did not make firm its heart and whose spirit was not faithful with God.” The expression “make firm the heart” means “to be committed, devoted” (see 1 Sam 7:3).



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