1 Samuel 2:9
He guards the steps of His faithful ones,
but the wicked perish in darkness,
for a man does not prevail by his own strength.
He is not impressed by the strength of a horse;
He does not value the power of a man.
A king is not saved by a large army;
a warrior will not be delivered by great strength.
Can your wealth or all your physical exertion
keep you from distress?
Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all of them.
And I said, “Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heeded.”
Then they sweep by like the wind
and pass through.
They are guilty; their strength is their god.
strangers will drain your resources,
and your earnings will end up in a foreigner’s house.
1 Samuel 2:31
“‘Look, the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your ancestral family, so that none in your family will reach old age.
for the Lord has ransomed Jacob
and redeemed him from the power of one stronger than he.
“I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bandage the injured, and strengthen the weak, but I will destroy the fat and the strong. I will shepherd them with justice.
So I will bring the most evil of nations
to take possession of their houses.
I will put an end to the pride of the strong,
and their sacred places will be profaned.
How can someone enter a strong man’s house and steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.
“On the other hand, no one can enter a strong man’s house and rob his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he will rob his house.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overpowers him, he takes from him all his weaponshe trusted in, and divides up his plunder.
Escape will fail the swift,
the strong one will not prevail by his strength,
and the brave will not save his life.