Psalms 78:6

6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.

Psalms 78:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
ESV
6 that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,
NLT
6 so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children.
MSG
6 So the next generation would know, and all the generations to come - Know the truth and tell the stories
CSB
6 so that a future generation- children yet to be born-might know. They were to rise and tell their children

Psalms 78:6 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:6

That the generation to come might know them
Not only notionally, but spiritually and experimentally; which is the case, when human teachings are attended with the spirit of wisdom and revertion in the knowledge of divine truths; for the truths of the Gospel are unknown to men; the Gospel is hidden wisdom, the wisdom of God in a mystery; the Bible is a sealed book, the doctrines of it are riddles and dark sayings; the ministry of the word is the means of knowledge, which become effectual when attended with the Spirit and power of God:

even the children which should be born, who should arise and declare
them to their children;
and so be transmitted from age to age: it is the will of God, that, besides private instructions, there should be a standing ministry kept up in all ages, to the end of the world; and he will have some that shall receive the Gospel, and profess his name; there has been and will be a succession of regenerate persons; instead of the fathers come up the children, a seed to serve the Lord, accounted to him for a generation; the seed and the seed's seed of the church, from whose mouth the word of God shall never depart; but they shall declare it one to another, by which means it shall be continued to the latest posterity, ( Psalms 22:30 Psalms 22:31 ) ( Isaiah 59:21 ) .

Psalms 78:6 In-Context

4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
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.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Psalms 22:31; Psalms 102:18