We’ve heard true stories from our fathers about our rich heritage.
We will continue to tell our children
and not hide from the rising generation
the great marvels of our God—
his miracles and power that have brought us all this far.
The story of Israel is a lesson in God’s ways.
He established decrees for Jacob and established the law in Israel,
and he commanded our forefathers to teach them to their children.
For perpetuity God’s ways will be passed down
from one generation to the next, even to those not yet born.
In this way, every generation will have a living faith in the laws of life
and will never forget the faithful ways of God.
By following his ways they will break the past bondage
of their fickle fathers, who were a stubborn, rebellious generation
and whose spirits strayed from the eternal God.
They refused to love him with all their hearts.
Take, for example, the sons of Ephraim.
Though they were all equipped warriors, each with weapons,
when the battle began they retreated and ran away in fear.
They didn’t really believe the promises of God;
they refused to trust him and move forward in faith.
They forgot his wonderful works and the miracles of the past,
even their exodus from Egypt, the epic miracle of his might.
They forgot the glories of his power at the place of passing over.
God split the sea wide open, and
the waters stood at attention on either side
as the people passed on through!