O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old –
what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children,
So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands.
They would not be like their forefathers — a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him.