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Psalms 78:2

    Psalms 78:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Opening my mouth I will give out a story, even the dark sayings of old times;

    Webster's Revision

    I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,

    World English Bible

    I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old:

    Definitions for Psalms 78:2

    Parable - An utterance that involves a comparison.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 78:2

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 78:2

    I will open my mouth in a parable - See the notes at Psalm 49:4. The word "parable" here means a statement by analogy or comparison; that is, he would bring out what he had to say by a course of reasoning founded on an analogy drawn from the ancient history of the people.

    I will utter dark sayings of old - Of ancient times; that is, maxims, or sententious thoughts, which had come down from past times, and which embodied the results of ancient observation and reflection. Compare Psalm 49:4, where the word rendered "dark sayings" is explained. He would bring out, and apply, to the present case, the maxims of ancient wisdom.