New International Version
so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.
King James Bible
That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
Darby Bible Translation
That the generation to come might know [them], the children that should be born; that they might rise up and tell [them] to their children,
World English Bible
that the generation to come might know, even the children who should be born; who should arise and tell their children,
Young's Literal Translation
So that a later generation doth know, Sons who are born, do rise and recount to their sons,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A testimony in Jocob - This may signify the various ordinances, rites, and ceremonies prescribed by the law; and the word law may mean the moral law, or system of religious instruction, teaching them their duty to God, to their neighbor, and to themselves. These were commanded to the fathers - the patriarchs and primitive Hebrews, that they should make them known to their children, who should make them known to the generation that was to come, whose children should also be instructed that they might declare them to their children; to the end that their hope might be in God, that they might not forget his works, and might keep his commandments: that they might not be as their fathers, but have their heart right and their spirit steadfast with God, Psalm 78:6-8. Five generations appear to be mentioned above: 1. Fathers; 2. Their children; 3. The generation to come; 4. And their children; 5. And their children. They were never to lose sight of their history throughout all their generations. Some think the testimony here may mean the tabernacle.
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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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And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?'
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD:
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