Psalm 33:17
New International Version
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.

New Living Translation
Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory— for all its strength, it cannot save you.

English Standard Version
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.

Berean Study Bible
A horse is a vain hope for salvation; even its great strength cannot save.

King James Bible
An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

New King James Version
A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

New American Standard Bible
A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it rescue anyone by its great strength.

NASB 1995
A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

NASB 1977
A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

Amplified Bible
A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

Christian Standard Bible
The horse is a false hope for safety; it provides no escape by its great power.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The horse is a false hope for safety; it provides no escape by its great power.

American Standard Version
A horse is a vain thing for safety; Neither doth he deliver any by his great power.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The salvation of a horse is false, for he does not deliver his rider by the greatness of his strength.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A horse is vain for safety; neither shall he be delivered by the greatness of his power.

Contemporary English Version
In war the strength of a horse cannot be trusted to take you to safety.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.

Good News Translation
War horses are useless for victory; their great strength cannot save.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Horses are not a guarantee for victory. Their great strength cannot help someone escape.

International Standard Version
It is vain to trust in a horse for deliverance, even with its great strength, it cannot deliver.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A horse is a vain thing for safety; Neither doth it afford escape by its great strength.

Literal Standard Version
A false thing [is] the horse for safety, And he does not deliver By the abundance of his strength.

NET Bible
A horse disappoints those who trust in it for victory; despite its great strength, it cannot deliver.

New Heart English Bible
A horse is a vain thing for safety, neither does he deliver any 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Praise to the Creator
16No king is saved by his vast army; no warrior is delivered by his great strength. 17A horse is a vain hope for salvation; even its great strength cannot save. 18Surely the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His loving devotion…

Cross References
1 Samuel 2:9
He guards the steps of His faithful ones, but the wicked perish in darkness; for by his own strength shall no man prevail.

Psalm 20:7
Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Psalm 147:10
He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legpower of the man.

Proverbs 21:31
A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory is of the LORD.

Isaiah 31:1
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in their abundance of chariots and in their multitude of horsemen. They do not look to the Holy One of Israel; they do not seek the LORD.

Hosea 14:3
Assyria will not save us, nor will we ride on horses. We will never again say, 'Our gods!' to the work of our own hands. For in You the fatherless find compassion."


Treasury of Scripture

An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

An horse

Psalm 20:7
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Judges 4:15
And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet.

2 Kings 7:6,7
For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us…

his great

Psalm 147:10
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

Job 39:19-25
Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? …









(17) Safety.--Better, victory. (Comp. Habakkuk 3:8.) The allusion is to the war-horse.

Verse 17. - A horse is a vain thing for safety; literally, the horse; i.e. the species, horse, is not to be depended on for safety - it is "a vain thing," quite unable to secure victory, or even escape, to those who trust in it. The use of the horse in war seems certainly to be implied here as familiar to the writer, whence it is rightly concluded that he must have lived later than the time of David. Solomon was the first Israelite king who enrolled a chariot and a cavalry force (1 Kings 10:26). Neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. (On the "great strength" of the horse, see Job 39:19; Psalm 147:10.)

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A horse
הַ֭סּוּס (has·sūs)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5483: A swallow, swift (type of bird)

is a vain hope
שֶׁ֣קֶר (še·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

for salvation;
לִתְשׁוּעָ֑ה (liṯ·šū·‘āh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8668: Deliverance, salvation

even its great
וּבְרֹ֥ב (ū·ḇə·rōḇ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

strength
חֵ֝יל֗וֹ (ḥê·lōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2428: A force, an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength

cannot
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

save.
יְמַלֵּֽט׃ (yə·mal·lêṭ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4422: To be smooth, to escape, to release, rescue, to bring forth young, emit sparks


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