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.
Darby Bible Translation
The king is not saved by the multitude of his forces; 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
There is no king saved by the multitude of an host - By the number of his armies. His safety, however numerous and mighty may be his forces, is in God alone. He is the great Protector, whatever means men may use to defend themselves. The most numerous and the best organized armies cannot secure a victory. It is, after all, wholly in the hands of God. A wasting sickness in a camp may defeat all the plans of war; or success in battle may depend on contingencies which no commander could anticipate or provide against. A mutiny in a camp, or a panic on the battlefield, may disconcert the best-laid schemes; or forces may come against an army that were unexpected; or storm and tempest may disarrange and frustrate the entire plan of the campaign. See Ecclesiastes 9:11.
A mighty man - A strong man; a giant - as Goliath of Gath. "Strength" is not the only thing necessary to secure a victory.
Is not delivered by much strength - By the mere fact that he is strong. Other things are needed to ensure success; and God has power so to arrange events that mere strength shall be of no avail.
LibraryThe Indwelling and Outgoing Works of God.
"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. …
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Providence of God
The Power of God
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.
For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me.
O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain.
"How can you say, 'We are mighty warriors, And men valiant for battle '?
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,
"Flight will perish from the swift, And the stalwart will not strengthen his power, Nor the mighty man save his life.
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