Psalm 33:16 {32:16}
Good News Translation
A king does not win because of his powerful army; a soldier does not triumph because of his strength.

New Revised Standard Version
A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.

Contemporary English Version
Mighty armies alone cannot win wars for a king; great strength by itself cannot keep a soldier safe.

New American Bible
A king is not saved by a great army, nor a warrior 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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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Psalm 44:3,6,7 Thy hand destroyed the Gentiles, and thou plantedst them: thou didst afflict the people and cast them out. . . .

Exodus 14:17,18,28 And I will harden the heart of the Egyptians to pursue you: and I will be glorified in Pharao, and in all his host, and in his chariots and in his horsemen. . . .

Joshua 11:4-8 And they all came out with their troops, a people exceeding numerous as the sand that is on the sea shore, their horses also and chariots a very great multitude, . . .

Judges 7:2,12 And the Lord said to Gedeon: The people that are with thee are many, and Madian shall not be delivered into their hands: lest Israel should glory against me, and say: I was delivered by my own strength. . . .

1 Samuel 14:8-16 And Jonathan said: Behold we will go over to these men. And when we shall be seen by them, . . .

1 Kings 20:10,27-29 And the messengers returning brought him word. And he sent again, and said: Such and such things may the gods do to me, and more may they add, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people that follow me. . . .

2 Chronicles 14:9-13 And Zara the Ethiopian came out against them with his army of ten hundred thousand men, and with three hundred chariots: and he came as far as Maresa. . . .

2 Chronicles 20:12,23 O our God, wilt thou not then judge them? as for us we have not strength enough, to be able to resist this multitude, which cometh violently upon us. But as we know not what to do, we can only turn our eyes to thee. . . .

2 Chronicles 32:8,9,21 For with him is an arm of flesh: with us the Lord our God, who is our helper, and fighteth for us. And the people were encouraged with these words of Ezechias king of Juda. . . .


Joshua 14:12 Give me therefore this mountain, which the Lord promised, in thy hearing also, wherein are the Enacims, and cities great and strong: if so be the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to destroy them, as he promised me.

1 Samuel 17:4,45-49 And there went out a man baseborn from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Geth, whose height was six cubits and a span: . . .

2 Samuel 21:16-22 Jesbibenob, who was of the race of Arapha, the iron of whose spear weighed three hundred ounces, being girded with a new sword, attempted to kill David. . . .

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus saith the Lord: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, and let not the strong man glory in his strength, and let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Praise to the Creator
15He who hath made the hearts of every one of them: who understandeth all their works. 16The king is not saved by a great army: nor shall the giant be saved by his own great strength.17Vain is the horse for safety: neither shall he be saved by the abundance of his strength.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:9
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; because no man shall prevail by his own strength.

Psalm 44:6
Through thee we will push down our enemies with the horn: and through thy name we will despise them that rise up against us.

Psalm 60:11
Give us help from trouble: for vain is the salvation of man.

Jeremiah 48:14
How do you say: We are valiant and stout men in battle?

Hosea 10:13
You have ploughed wickedness, you have reaped iniquity, you have eaten the fruit of lying: because thou hast trusted in thy ways, in the multitude of thy strong ones.

Amos 2:14
And flight shall perish from the swift, and the valiant shall not possess his strength, neither shall the strong save his life.

Psalm 33:15
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