Psalms 78:10

10 they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law.

Psalms 78:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
ESV
10 They did not keep God's covenant, but refused to walk according to his law.
NLT
10 They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his instructions.
MSG
10 They were cowards to God's Covenant, refused to walk by his Word.
CSB
10 They did not keep God's covenant and refused to live by His law.

Psalms 78:10 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:10

They kept not the covenant of God
Either the covenant of circumcision, which was neglected during their travels through the wilderness, ( Joshua 5:5 ) or the covenant made with the people of Israel at Mount Sinai, ( Exodus 24:7 ) and this is to be understood not of the children of Ephraim only, but of the Israelites in general, who in many instances broke the covenant, and were not steadfast in it, ( Psalms 78:37 ) , (See Gill on Jeremiah 31:32)

and refused to walk in his law;
the law of God, which was given forth by him, by the disposition of angels, through the hands of a mediator, Moses, as a rule of their walk and conversation; but they refused to order their conversation according to it, being unwilling to be subject to it, but despised and cast it away; a sad instance of the corruption of human nature, and the depravity of man's will, boasted of for its freedom, yet what is common, and to be observed in all mankind.

Psalms 78:10 In-Context

8 They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.
9 The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle;
10 they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law.
11 They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.
12 He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Joshua 7:11; S 2 Kings 17:15
  • 2. S Exodus 16:28; S Jeremiah 11:8