English Standard Version
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
King James Bible
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.
Vain is the horse for safety: neither shall he be saved by the abundance of his strength.
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.
Psalm 33:17 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
His praiseworthiness (c) as the irresistible Ruler in the history of men. Since in 2 Samuel 15:34; 2 Samuel 17:14, and frequently, הפר עצה is a common phrase, therefore heepiyr as in Psalm 89:34, Ezekiel 17:19, is equivalent to הפר (Ges. ֗67, rem. 9). The perfects are not used in the abstract, but of that which has been experienced most recently, since the "new song" presupposes new matter. With Psalm 33:11 compare Proverbs 19:21. The עצת of God is the unity of the "thoughts of His heart," i.e., of the ideas, which form the inmost part, the ultimate motives of everything that takes place. The whole history of the world is the uninterrupted carrying out of a divine plan of salvation, the primary object of which is His people, but in and with these are included humanity at large.
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1 Samuel 2:9
"He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD!
Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses; and we will say no more, 'Our God,' to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy."
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