The king is not saved by the great size of his army;
A warrior is not rescued by his great strength.
A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him [and worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and obedience],
On those who hope [confidently] in His compassion and lovingkindness,
To rescue their lives from death
And keep them alive in famine.
New International Version
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;(A)
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse(B) is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes(C) of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,(D)
19 to deliver them from death(E)
and keep them alive in famine.(F)
16 So then God’s choice is not dependent on human will, nor on human effort [the totality of human striving], but on God who shows mercy [to whomever He chooses—it is His sovereign gift].Read full chapter