Psalm 33:16
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New International Version
No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.

New Living Translation
The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

English Standard Version
The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.

New American Standard Bible
The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength.

King James Bible
There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A king is not saved by a large army; a warrior will not be delivered by great strength.

International Standard Version
A king is not saved by a large army; a mighty soldier is not delivered by his great strength.

NET Bible
No king is delivered by his vast army; a warrior is not saved by his great might.

New Heart English Bible
There is no king saved by the multitude of an army. A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A King is not saved by a multitude of an army, neither is a mighty man delivered by the multitude of his power.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No king achieves a victory with a large army. No warrior rescues himself by his own great strength.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A king is not saved by the multitude of a host; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

New American Standard 1977
The king is not saved by a mighty army;
            A warrior is not delivered by great strength.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The king is not saved by the multitude of the army; the mighty man does not escape by much strength.

King James 2000 Bible
There is no king saved by the multitude of a host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

American King James Version
There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

American Standard Version
There is no king saved by the multitude of a host: A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The king is not saved by a great army: nor shall the giant be saved by his own great strength.

Darby Bible Translation
The king is not saved by the multitude of [his] forces; a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

English Revised Version
There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is no king saved by the multitude of a host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

World English Bible
There is no king saved by the multitude of an army. A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

Young's Literal Translation
The king is not saved by the multitude of a force. A mighty man is not delivered, By abundance of power.
Study Bible
Praise is Fitting for the Upright
15He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works. 16The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength. 17A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:9
"He keeps the feet of His godly ones, But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; For not by might shall a man prevail.

Psalm 44:6
For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me.

Psalm 60:11
O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain.

Jeremiah 48:14
"How can you say, 'We are mighty warriors, And men valiant for battle '?

Hosea 10:13
You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors,

Amos 2:14
"Flight will perish from the swift, And the stalwart will not strengthen his power, Nor the mighty man save his life.
Treasury of Scripture

There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

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Psalm 44:3,6,7 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither …

Exodus 14:17,18,28 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they …

Joshua 11:4-8 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, …

Judges 7:2,12 And the LORD said to Gideon, The people that are with you are too …

1 Samuel 14:8-16 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over to these men, and we …

1 Kings 20:10,27-29 And Benhadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me, and more also…

2 Chronicles 14:9-13 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host …

2 Chronicles 20:12,23 O our God, will you not judge them? for we have no might against …

2 Chronicles 32:8,9,21 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help …

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Joshua 14:12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spoke in that …

1 Samuel 17:4,45-49 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, …

2 Samuel 21:16-22 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of …

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither …

(16) There is no king.--Better, The king doth not triumph by the greatness of his force.

Verse 16. - There is no king saved by the multitude of an host; literally, the king is not saved by the greatness of his host. The article, however, is used generically, as it is with "horse" in the next verse, so that the translation of the Authorized Version gives the true sense. (For illustration of the sentiment, see 2 Chronicles 14:11; 1 Macc. 3:19.) A mighty man is not delivered by much strength (comp. 1 Samuel 17:47). There is no king saved by the multitude of an host,.... He may be at the head of a numerous army, and yet not get the victory over a lesser one, nor escape safe, but be taken by it: there have been such instances; and if he is saved, or gets the victory, it is not owing to the multitude with him, but to the Lord, that gives salvation to kings, Psalm 144:10. Hence it appears that even such men need salvation themselves, and cannot save themselves, though they have ever so many at command, and therefore are not to be trusted in; salvation is only of the Lord;

a mighty man is not delivered by much strength; as Goliath, with his great strength, could not deliver himself out of the hands of David, a stripling; wherefore the mighty man should not glory in his might. 16, 17. Men's usual reliances in their greatest exigencies are, in themselves, useless.33:12-22 All the motions and operations of the souls of men, which no mortals know but themselves, God knows better than they do. Their hearts, as well as their times, are all in his hand; he formed the spirit of each man within him. All the powers of the creature depend upon him, and are of no account, of no avail at all, without him. If we make God's favour sure towards us, then we need not fear whatever is against us. We are to give to him the glory of his special grace. All human devices for the salvation of our souls are vain; but the Lord's watchful eye is over those whose conscientious fear of his name proceeds from a believing hope in his mercy. In difficulties they shall be helped; in dangers they shall not receive any real damage. Those that fear God and his wrath, must hope in God and his mercy; for there is no flying from him, but by flying to him. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; let us always have the comfort and benefit, not according to our merits, but according to the promise which thou hast in thy word given to us, and according to the faith thou hast by thy Spirit and grace wrought in us.
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