Psalm 78:5
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New International Version
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children,

New Living Translation
For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,

English Standard Version
He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,

Berean Study Bible
For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children,

New American Standard Bible
For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children,

King James Bible
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

Christian Standard Bible
He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children

Contemporary English Version
God gave his Law to Jacob's descendants, the people of Israel. And he told our ancestors to teach their children,

Good News Translation
He gave laws to the people of Israel and commandments to the descendants of Jacob. He instructed our ancestors to teach his laws to their children,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children

International Standard Version
He established a decree in Jacob, and established the Law in Israel, that he commanded our ancestors to reveal to their children

NET Bible
He established a rule in Jacob; he set up a law in Israel. He commanded our ancestors to make his deeds known to their descendants,

New Heart English Bible
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a teaching in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He established his testimony in Jacob and he set his law in Israel, as he commanded our fathers to make known to their children

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He established written instructions for Jacob's people. He gave his teachings to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to make them known to their children

JPS Tanakh 1917
For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;

New American Standard 1977
For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should teach them to their children,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their sons:

King James 2000 Bible
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

American King James Version
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

American Standard Version
For he established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which he commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he set up a testimony in Jacob: and made a law in Israel. How great things he commanded our fathers, that they should make the same known to their children:

Darby Bible Translation
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children;

English Revised Version
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

Webster's Bible Translation
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

World English Bible
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a teaching in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children;

Young's Literal Translation
And He raiseth up a testimony in Jacob, And a law hath placed in Israel, That He commanded our fathers, To make them known to their sons.
Study Bible
I Will Open My Mouth in Parables
4We will not hide them from their children, but will declare to the next generation the praises of the LORD and His might, and the wonders He has performed. 5For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children, 6that the coming generation might know—even children yet to be born—to arise and tell their children,…
Cross References
Exodus 10:2
and that you may tell your children and grandchildren how severely I dealt with the Egyptians when I performed miraculous signs among them, so that you may know that I am the LORD."

Leviticus 23:43
so that your descendants will know that I made the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.'"

Deuteronomy 4:9
Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen, and so that they do not slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and grandchildren.

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One.

Deuteronomy 32:7
Remember the days of old; consider the years long past. Ask your father, and he will tell you, your elders, and they will inform you.

Psalm 19:7
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making wise the simple.

Psalm 48:13
consider her ramparts, tour her citadels, that you may tell the next generation.

Psalm 81:5
He ordained it as a testimony for Joseph when he went out over the land of Egypt, where I heard an unfamiliar language:

Psalm 147:19
He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and judgments to Israel.

Isaiah 8:20
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.

Isaiah 38:19
The living, only the living, can thank You, as I do today; fathers will tell their children about Your faithfulness.

Treasury of Scripture

For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

for he

Psalm 81:5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through …

Psalm 119:152 Concerning your testimonies, I have known of old that you have founded …

Psalm 147:19 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel.

Deuteronomy 4:45 These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which …

Deuteronomy 6:7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk …

Deuteronomy 11:19 And you shall teach them your children, speaking of them when you …

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that to them were committed the oracles of God.

1 John 5:9-12 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: …

testimony. The word testimony is used for the ark, and for the law, written on tables of stone, put within the ark, and covered with the mercy seat. This testified the Lord's gracious presence with his people, and seemed to point out to them both the way of access and acceptance, and the standard or rule of their duty.

Exodus 25:16,21 And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you…

Exodus 40:3,20 And you shall put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the …

that they

Psalm 78:3,4 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us…

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household …

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the …

Ephesians 6:4 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them …







(5) For he . . .--Better, taking the relative of time (comp. Deuteronomy 11:6; Psalm 139:15), For he established (it as) a testimony in Jacob and (as) a law appointed (it) in Israel when he commanded our forefathers to make them (the "wonderful works" of last verse) known to their children. For the custom see reference in margin.

Verse 5. - For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel. The "testimony" and the "law" are the whole series of commands given by God to his people, beginning with the directions concerning circumcision in Genesis (Genesis 17:10-14), and terminating with the last precept in Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 32:46). They may include also the teachings of God through history. These he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children (see Exodus 12:26, 27; Exodus 13:8, 14, 15; Deuteronomy 4:9; Deuteronomy 6:7; Deuteronomy 11:19; Deuteronomy 32:46, etc.). For he established a testimony in Jacob,.... So the law is called, being a testification of the divine will, Exodus 25:16 and the Scriptures, the writings of the Old Testament, which testify of Christ, his person, office, sufferings, and death, Isaiah 8:20 and particularly the Gospel, which is the testimony of God, of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of his apostles, 2 Timothy 1:8 which bears witness to the love and grace of God in the salvation of men by Christ; to the dignity of Christ's person, to the fulness of his grace, to each of the offices and relations he bears and stands in to his people; to the virtue of his obedience, sufferings, and death; to redemption, righteousness, peace and pardon by him: this is established in the house of Jacob, as the Targum; in the church, which is the pillar and ground of truth, among the saints and people of God, to whom it is delivered, and by whom it will be kept, and with whom it will remain throughout all ages; for it is the everlasting Gospel:

and appointed a law in Israel; the law given on Mount Sinai was peculiar to them, and so were the word and oracles, they were committed to them; and not only the writings of Moses, but the prophets, are called the law, John 10:34, but the Gospel seems to be here meant; see Gill on Psalm 78:1, this was ordained before the world for our glory, and is put and placed in the hands and hearts of the faithful ministers of it, and is published among, and received by, the true Israel of God:

which he commanded our fathers that they should make them known to their children; that is, the testimony and the law, and the things contained in them; the Jewish fathers were frequently commanded to teach their children the law of Moses, Deuteronomy 4:9 and it was their practice to instruct them in the knowledge of the Scriptures, 2 Timothy 3:15, and it becomes Christian parents to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, by making known to them the principles of the Christian religion, and the truths of the Gospel, Ephesians 6:4. 5. testimony—(Ps 19:7).78:1-8 These are called dark and deep sayings, because they are carefully to be looked into. The law of God was given with a particular charge to teach it diligently to their children, that the church may abide for ever. Also, that the providences of God, both in mercy and in judgment, might encourage them to conform to the will of God. The works of God much strengthen our resolution to keep his commandments. Hypocrisy is the high road to apostacy; those that do not set their hearts right, will not be stedfast with God. Many parents, by negligence and wickedness, become murderers of their children. But young persons, though they are bound to submit in all things lawful, must not obey sinful orders, or copy sinful examples.
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