Psalm 33:16
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New International Version
No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his 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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

There is no king saved by the multitude of a host - Even in the midst of the most powerful and numerous army, no king is in safety unless he have God's protection. A king is but a man, and may as easily lose his life as one of his common soldiers.

A mighty man is not delivered by much strength - There are times in which his might can be of no avail to him: and unless the mighty, the wise, the honorable, etc., have the protection of God, there is no time in which their might may not be turned into weakness, their wisdom into folly, and their dignity into disgrace.

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Psalm 44:3,6,7 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but your right hand, and your arm...

Exodus 14:17,18,28 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honor on Pharaoh...

Joshua 11:4-8 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is on the sea shore in multitude...

Judges 7:2,12 And the LORD said to Gideon, The people that are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands...

1 Samuel 14:8-16 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over to these men, and we will discover ourselves to them...

1 Kings 20:10,27-29 And Benhadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me, and more also...

2 Chronicles 14:9-13 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots...

2 Chronicles 20:12,23 O our God, will you not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that comes against us; neither know we what to do...

2 Chronicles 32:8,9,21 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles...


Joshua 14:12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakims were there...

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

2 Samuel 21:16-22 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight...

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might...

The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Material Universe.
There are many who think of the work of the Holy Spirit as limited to man. But God reveals to us in His Word that the Holy Spirit's work has a far wider scope than this. We are taught in the Bible that the Holy Spirit has a threefold work in the material universe. I. The creation of the material universe and of man is effected through the agency of the Holy Spirit. We read in Ps. xxxiii. 6, "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth." We
R. A. Torrey—The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit

The Mercy of God
The next attribute is God's goodness or mercy. Mercy is the result and effect of God's goodness. Psa 33:5. So then this is the next attribute, God's goodness or mercy. The most learned of the heathens thought they gave their god Jupiter two golden characters when they styled him good and great. Both these meet in God, goodness and greatness, majesty and mercy. God is essentially good in himself and relatively good to us. They are both put together in Psa 119:98. Thou art good, and doest good.' This
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

"Nineveh, that Great City"
Among the cities of the ancient world in the days of divided Israel one of the greatest was Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian realm. Founded on the fertile bank of the Tigris, soon after the dispersion from the tower of Babel, it had flourished through the centuries until it had become "an exceeding great city of three days' journey." Jonah 3:3. In the time of its temporal prosperity Nineveh was a center of crime and wickedness. Inspiration has characterized it as "the bloody city, . . . full
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

The Host of Heaven and of Earth.
"The Spirit of God hath made me."--Job xxxiii. 4. Understanding somewhat the characteristic note of the work of the Holy Spirit, let us see what this work was and is and shall be. The Father brings forth, the Son disposes and arranges, the Holy Spirit perfects. There is one God and Father of whom are all things, and one Lord Jesus Christ through whom are all things; but what does the Scripture say of the special work the Holy Spirit did in creation and is still doing? For the sake of order we examine
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Cross References
1 Samuel 2:9
He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. "It is not by strength that one prevails;

Psalm 44:6
I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory;

Psalm 60:11
Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.

Jeremiah 48:14
"How can you say, 'We are warriors, men valiant in battle'?

Hosea 10:13
But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,

Amos 2:14
The swift will not escape, the strong will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life.

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