Psalm 33:16

16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.

Read Psalm 33:16 Using Other Translations

There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

What does Psalm 33:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 33:16

There is no king saved by the multitude of an host
He may be at the head of a numerous army, and yet not get the victory over a lesser one, nor escape safe, but be taken by it: there have been such instances; and if he is saved, or gets the victory, it is not owing to the multitude with him, but to the Lord, that gives salvation to kings, ( Psalms 144:10 ) . Hence it appears that even such men need salvation themselves, and cannot save themselves, though they have ever so many at command, and therefore are not to be trusted in; salvation is only of the Lord;

a mighty man is not delivered by much strength;
as Goliath, with his great strength, could not deliver himself out of the hands of David, a stripling; wherefore the mighty man should not glory in his might.

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