Psalms 78:4-8

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.

Psalms 78:4-8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:4-8 In-Context

2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.
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.
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.

Cross References 12

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 11:19
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 32:7; S Psalms 71:18
  • 3. Psalms 26:7; Psalms 71:17
  • 4. S Job 5:9
  • 5. Psalms 19:7; Psalms 81:5
  • 6. Psalms 147:19
  • 7. S Psalms 22:31; Psalms 102:18
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 6:12
  • 9. S Deuteronomy 5:29
  • 10. S 2 Chronicles 30:7
  • 11. S Exodus 32:9
  • 12. ver 37; S Exodus 23:21; S Deuteronomy 21:18; Isaiah 30:9; Isaiah 65:2