Psalm 33:17
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New International Version
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.

New Living Translation
Don't count on your warhorse to give you victory--for all its strength, it cannot save you.

English Standard Version
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.

New American Standard Bible
A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

King James Bible
An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The horse is a false hope for safety; it provides no escape by its great power.

International Standard Version
It is vain to trust in a horse for deliverance, even with its great strength, it cannot deliver.

NET Bible
A horse disappoints those who trust in it for victory; despite its great strength, it cannot deliver.

New Heart English Bible
A horse is a vain thing for safety, neither does he deliver any by his great power.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The salvation of a horse is false, for he does not deliver his rider by the greatness of his strength.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Horses are not a guarantee for victory. Their great strength cannot help someone escape.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A horse is a vain thing for safety; Neither doth it afford escape by its great strength.

New American Standard 1977
A horse is a false hope for victory;
            Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A horse is a vain thing for salvation; neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

King James 2000 Bible
A horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

American King James Version
An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

American Standard Version
A horse is a vain thing for safety; Neither doth he deliver any by his great power.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Vain is the horse for safety: neither shall he be saved by the abundance of his strength.

Darby Bible Translation
The horse is a vain thing for safety; neither doth he deliver by his great power.

English Revised Version
An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great power.

Webster's Bible Translation
A horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

World English Bible
A horse is a vain thing for safety, neither does he deliver any by his great power.

Young's Literal Translation
A false thing is the horse for safety, And by the abundance of his strength He doth not deliver.
Study Bible
Praise is Fitting for the Upright
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. 18Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness,…
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 20:7
Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.

Psalm 147:10
He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.

Proverbs 21:31
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD.

Isaiah 31:1
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help And rely on horses, And trust in chariots because they are many And in horsemen because they are very strong, But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!

Hosea 14:3
"Assyria will not save us, We will not ride on horses; Nor will we say again, 'Our god,' To the work of our hands; For in You the orphan finds mercy."
Treasury of Scripture

An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

An horse

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

Judges 4:15 And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his …

2 Kings 7:6,7 For the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of …

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

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

Isaiah 30:16 But you said, No; for we will flee on horses; therefore shall you …

Hosea 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride on horses: neither will …

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Psalm 147:10 He delights not in the strength of the horse: he takes not pleasure …

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

(17) Safety.--Better, victory. (Comp. Habakkuk 3:8.) The allusion is to the war-horse.

Verse 17. - A horse is a vain thing for safety; literally, the horse; i.e. the species, horse, is not to be depended on for safety - it is "a vain thing," quite unable to secure victory, or even escape, to those who trust in it. The use of the horse in war seems certainly to be implied here as familiar to the writer, whence it is rightly concluded that he must have lived later than the time of David. Solomon was the first Israelite king who enrolled a chariot and a cavalry force (1 Kings 10:26). Neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. (On the "great strength" of the horse, see Job 39:19; Psalm 147:10.) A horse is a vain thing for safety,.... Though it is prepared for the day of battle, and is a very warlike creature, and of great service in war, yet safety only is of the Lord, Proverbs 21:31; this is put for all kinds of military preparations which men are apt to trust in, but should not, for they are "a lie" (i), as the horse is here said to be; that is, deceives and disappoints when trusted to; in like manner the olive is said "to lie", Habakkuk 3:17; when hope of fruit from it is disappointed; so "fundus mendax" in Horace (k);

neither shall he deliver any by his great strength; in the time of battle; either by fighting for him, or fleeing with him.

(i) "mendacium", Pagninus, Montanus; "fallax", V. L. (k) Epod. l. 1. Ode 16. ver. 45. Carmin. l. 3. Ode 1. v. 30. "Spem mentita seges", ib. Epist. l. 1. ep. 7. v. 87. 17. On the war horse (compare Job 39:19-25).

a vain thing—a lie, which deceives us.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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