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Psalms 33:16

    Psalms 33:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    There is no king saved by the multitude of a host: A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A king's salvation is not in the power of his army; a strong man does not get free by his great strength.

    Webster's Revision

    There is no king saved by the multitude of a host: A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

    World English Bible

    There is no king saved by the multitude of an army. A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 33:16

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 33:16

    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.