Psalm 147:10
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New International Version
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;

New Living Translation
He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human might.

English Standard Version
His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,

New American Standard Bible
He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.

King James Bible
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is not impressed by the strength of a horse; He does not value the power of a man.

International Standard Version
He takes no delight in the strength of a horse, and gains no pleasure in the runner's swiftness.

NET Bible
He is not enamored with the strength of a horse, nor is he impressed by the warrior's strong legs.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah does not delight in the power of a horse, neither delights in the legs of a mighty man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He finds no joy in strong horses, nor is he pleased by brave soldiers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He does not delight in the strength of the horse; nor does he take pleasure in the legs of a man.

King James 2000 Bible
He delights not in the strength of the horse: he takes not pleasure in the legs of a man.

American King James Version
He delights not in the strength of the horse: he takes not pleasure in the legs of a man.

American Standard Version
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: He taketh no pleasure in the legs of a man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall not delight in the strength of the horse: nor take pleasure in the legs of a man.

Darby Bible Translation
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse, he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man;

English Revised Version
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh no pleasure in the legs of a man.

Webster's Bible Translation
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

World English Bible
He doesn't delight in the strength of the horse. He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.

Young's Literal Translation
Not in the might of the horse doth He delight, Not in the legs of a man is He pleased.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

147:1-11 Praising God is work that is its own wages. It is comely; it becomes us as reasonable creatures, much more as people in covenant with God. He gathers outcast sinners by his grace, and will bring them into his holy habitation. To those whom God heals with the consolations of his Spirit, he speaks peace, assures them their sins are pardoned. And for this, let others praise him also. Man's knowledge is soon ended; but God's knowledge is a dept that can never be fathomed. And while he telleth the number of the stars, he condescends to hear the broken-hearted sinner. While he feeds the young ravens, he will not leave his praying people destitute. Clouds look dull and melancholy, yet without them we could have no rain, therefore no fruit. Thus afflictions look black and unpleasant; but from clouds of affliction come showers that make the soul to yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness. The psalmist delights not in things wherein sinners trust and glory; but a serious and suitable regard to God is, in his sight, of very great price. We are not to be in doubt between hope and fear, but to act under the gracious influences of hope and fear united.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - He delighteth not in the strength of the horse. In a certain sense, God no doubt "delights" in the glory and excellency of all his creatures; but their physical endowments do not give him the sensible pleasure which he derives from the moral qualities of his rational creation (see ver. 11). The negation is not absolute, but relative (compare "I will have mercy, and not sacrifice"). He taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man; i.e. in his strength and swiftness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He delighteth not in the strength of the horse,.... It has been his will and pleasure to give the horse strength for the use and service of men, both for labour and war; and as this is a creature of his, and the work of his hands, it must be agreeable to him, Job 39:19 yet a horse, though prepared for the battle, is a vain thing for safety, which is only of the Lord; neither can it deliver any by its great strength; nor are a king and his country saved by the multitude of an host, or by a large cavalry: nor are these what the Lord delights in, nor does he save men for the sake of them; though a well-mounted cavalry may be a pleasing sight to men, and they may raise their expectations, and promise themselves great things from them; yet these are of no account with God, who can save as well without them as with them, Proverbs 21:31. The Targum is,

"he delighteth not in the strength of those that ride on horses;''

that are well mounted, and pride themselves in it; and are equipped for war, and are mighty to engage in it, and prepared to make their escape in danger: Kimchi's note is,

"he delighteth not in man, who puts his confidence in the strength of the horse;''

see Psalm 20:8;

he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man; in which his strength lies, and of which he is apt to glory; but should not, it being displeasing to God; who delights not therein, but in lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, Jeremiah 9:23; not in the legs of a man of war, as Arama; which are strong to stand his ground, or swift to flee away when hard-pressed; see Amos 2:14; so the Targum,

"he takes no pleasure in the legs of men that run;''

that are swift to run races, or to flee in battle; to this sense are the notes of Jarchi and Kimchi. It seems to intend the infantry in an army, as the cavalry before; and both intimate that neither horse nor foot are to be trusted in for safety, how pleasing or promising they may be, since God seeth not as man does: or reference may be had to athletic exercises of horse and foot races, of wrestling, combats, &c. men may delight in, but God does not. What are pleasing to him are exercises of a spiritual kind; such as fleeing to Jesus, the strong tower; running the Christian race, to obtain the incorruptible crown; wrestling against principalities and powers, and such acts of grace as are next mentioned.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10, 11. The advantages afforded, as in war by the strength of the horse or the agility of man, do not incline God to favor any; but those who fear and, of course, trust Him, will obtain His approbation and aid.

Psalm 147:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
It is Good to Sing Praises to Our God
9He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry. 10He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. 11The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Psalm 33:17
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
Treasury of Scripture

He delights not in the strength of the horse: he takes not pleasure in the legs of a man.

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Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember …

Psalm 33:16-18 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man …

Job 39:19-25 Have you given the horse strength? have you clothed his neck with thunder…

Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and …

Hosea 1:7 But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and will save them by …

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1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the …

2 Samuel 1:23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in …

2 Samuel 2:18-23 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and …

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, …

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