New International Version
I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old--
King James Bible
I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Darby Bible Translation
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter riddles from of old,
World English Bible
I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old,
Young's Literal Translation
I open with a simile my mouth, I bring forth hidden things of old,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
In a parable - Or, I will give you instruction by numerous examples; see Psalm 49:1-4 (note), which bears a great similarity to this; and see the notes there. The term parable, in its various acceptations, has already been sufficiently explained; but משל mashal may here mean example, as opposed to תורה torah, law or precept, Psalm 49:1.
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'That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.'--PSALM lxxviii. 7. In its original application this verse is simply a statement of God's purpose in giving to Israel the Law, and such a history of deliverance. The intention was that all future generations might remember what He had done, and be encouraged by the remembrance to hope in Him for the future; and by both memory and hope, be impelled to the discharge of present duty. So, then, the words …
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So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."
I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:
for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
Tell this rebellious people a parable and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'Put on the cooking pot; put it on and pour water into it.
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