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.
Darby Bible Translation
The horse is a vain thing for safety; neither doth he deliver by his great power.
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.
Psalm 33:17 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
An horse - The reference here is undoubtedly to the war-horse. See the notes at Psalm 20:7.
Is a vain thing - literally, is a "lie." That is, he cannot be confided in.
For safety - For securing safety in battle. He is liable to be stricken down, or to become wild and furious so as to be beyond the control of his rider; and however strong or fleet he may be, or however well he may be "broken," yet none of these things make it certain that the rider will be safe. God is the only being in whom perfect confidence can be reposed.
Neither shall he deliver any by his great strength - Safety cannot be found in his mere "strength," however great that may be. These illustrations are all designed to lead the mind to the great idea that safety is to be found in God alone, Psalm 33:18-19.
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"And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth."--Psalm xxxiii. 6. The thorough and clear-headed theologians of the most flourishing periods of the Church used to distinguish between the indwelling and outgoing works of God. The same distinction exists to some extent in nature. The lion watching his prey differs widely from the lion resting among his whelps. See the blazing eye, the lifted head, the strained muscles and panting breath. One can see that the crouching lion is laboring intensely. …
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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.
Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD.
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!
"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."
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