Compare Translations for Psalm 33:17

Psalm 33:17 ASV
A horse is a vain thing for safety; Neither doth he deliver any by his great power.
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Psalm 33:17 BBE
A horse is a false hope; his great power will not make any man free from danger.
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Psalm 33:17 CEB
A warhorse is a bad bet for victory; it can't save despite its great strength.
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Psalm 33:17 CJB
To rely on a horse for safety is vain, nor does its great power assure escape.
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Psalm 33:17 RHE
(32-17) Vain is the horse for safety: neither shall he be saved by the abundance of his strength.
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Psalm 33:17 ESV
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
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Psalm 33:17 GW
Horses are not a guarantee for victory. Their great strength cannot help someone escape.
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Psalm 33:17 GNT
War horses are useless for victory; their great strength cannot save.
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Psalm 33:17 HNV
A horse is a vain thing for safety, Neither does he deliver any by his great power.
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Psalm 33:17 CSB
The horse is a false hope for safety; it provides no escape by its great power.
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Psalm 33:17 KJV
An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
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Psalm 33:17 LEB
The horse [is] a false hope for victory, nor can it save by the greatness of its power.
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Psalm 33:17 NAS
A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.
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Psalm 33:17 NCV
Horses can't bring victory; they can't save by their strength.
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Psalm 33:17 NIRV
People can't trust a horse to save them either. Though it is very strong, it can't save them.
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Psalm 33:17 NIV
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
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Psalm 33:17 NKJV
A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
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Psalm 33:17 NLT
Don't count on your warhorse to give you victory -- for all its strength, it cannot save you.
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Psalm 33:17 NRS
The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.
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Psalm 33:17 RSV
The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.
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Psalm 33:17 DBY
The horse is a vain thing for safety; neither doth he deliver by his great power.
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Psalm 33:17 MSG
Horsepower is not the answer; no one gets by on muscle alone.
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Psalm 33:17 WBT
A horse [is] a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver [any] by his great strength.
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Psalm 33:17 TMB
A horse is a vain thing for safety; neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
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Psalm 33:17 TNIV
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
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Psalm 33:17 WEB
A horse is a vain thing for safety, Neither does he deliver any by his great power.
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Psalm 33:17 WYC
An horse is false to health; forsooth he shall not be saved in the abundance, either plenty, of his virtue. (A horse is an empty thing for salvation, or deliverance; for it shall not be able to save anyone by the abundance, or the plentifulness, of its strength.)
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Psalm 33:17 YLT
A false thing [is] the horse for safety, And by the abundance of his strength He doth not deliver.
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Psalms 33 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 33

God to be praised. (1-11) His people encouraged by his power. (12-22)

Verses 1-11 Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is here pressed upon the righteous. Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. Every endowment we possess, should be employed with all our skill and earnestness in God's service. His promises are all wise and good. His word is right, and therefore we are only in the right when we agree with it. His works are all done in truth. He is the righteous Lord, therefore loveth righteousness. What a pity it is that this earth, which is so full of the proofs and instances of God's goodness, should be so empty of his praises; and that of the multitudes who live upon his bounty, there are so few who live to his glory! What the Lord does, he does to purpose; it stands fast. He overrules all the counsels of men, and makes them serve his counsels; even that is fulfilled, which to us is most surprising, the eternal counsel of God, nor can any thing prevent its coming to pass.

Verses 12-22 All the motions and operations of the souls of men, which no mortals know but themselves, God knows better than they do. Their hearts, as well as their times, are all in his hand; he formed the spirit of each man within him. All the powers of the creature depend upon him, and are of no account, of no avail at all, without him. If we make God's favour sure towards us, then we need not fear whatever is against us. We are to give to him the glory of his special grace. All human devices for the salvation of our souls are vain; but the Lord's watchful eye is over those whose conscientious fear of his name proceeds from a believing hope in his mercy. In difficulties they shall be helped; in dangers they shall not receive any real damage. Those that fear God and his wrath, must hope in God and his mercy; for there is no flying from him, but by flying to him. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; let us always have the comfort and benefit, not according to our merits, but according to the promise which thou hast in thy word given to us, and according to the faith thou hast by thy Spirit and grace wrought in us.

Psalms 33 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 33

Psalms 33:1-22 . A call to lively and joyous praise to God for His glorious attributes and works, as displayed in creation, and His general and special providence, in view of which, the Psalmist, for all the pious, professes trust and joy and invokes God's mercy.

1-3. The sentiment falls in with Psalms 32:11 (compare 1 Corinthians 14:15 ). The instruments ( Psalms 92:3 , 144:9 ) do not exclude the voice.

3. a new song--fresh, adapted to the occasion ( Psalms 40:3 , 96:1 ).
play skilfully--(Compare Psalms 15:1-5 , 16:1-11 , 21:1-13 ).

4-9. Reasons for praise: first, God's truth, faithfulness, and mercy, generally; then, His creative power which all must honor.

6. In "word" and "breath"--or, "spirit," there may be an allusion to the Son ( John 1:1 ) and Holy Spirit.

9. he spake--literally, "said."
it was--The addition of "done" weakens the sense (compare Genesis 1:3-10 ).

10, 11. In God's providence He thwarts men's purposes and executes His own.
heathen--literally, "nations."

12-19. The inference from the foregoing in Psalms 33:12 is illustrated by God's special providence, underlying which is His minute knowledge of all men.

13. looketh--intently ( Isaiah 14:16 ).

15. fashioneth--or, "forms," and hence knows and controls ( Proverbs 21:1 ).
alike--without exception.
considereth--or, "understands"; God knows men's motives.

16, 17. Men's usual reliances in their greatest exigencies are, in themselves, useless.

17. On the war horse (compare Job 39:19-25 ).
a vain thing--a lie, which deceives us.

18, 19. Contrasted is God's guidance and power to save from the greatest earthly evil and its most painful precursor, and hence from all.

20-22. waiteth--in earnest expectation.

21. his holy name--(Compare Psalms 5:12 , 22:22 , 30:4 ). Our faith measures mercy ( Matthew 9:29 ); and if of grace, it is no more of debt ( Romans 11:6 ).