Lamentations 4:17
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New International Version
Moreover, our eyes failed, looking in vain for help; from our towers we watched for a nation that could not save us.

New Living Translation
We looked in vain for our allies to come and save us, but we were looking to nations that could not help us.

English Standard Version
Our eyes failed, ever watching vainly for help; in our watching we watched for a nation which could not save.

New American Standard Bible
Yet our eyes failed, Looking for help was useless; In our watching we have watched For a nation that could not save.

King James Bible
As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All the while our eyes were failing as we looked in vain for assistance; we watched from our towers for a nation that refused to help.

International Standard Version
Our eyes failed, searching in vain for hope; we kept watching and looking for a nation that would not help.

NET Bible
Our eyes continually failed us as we looked in vain for help. From our watchtowers we watched for a nation that could not rescue us.

New Heart English Bible
Our eyes still fail, looking in vain for our help. In our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"We are still straining our eyes, trying in vain to find help. We waited and waited for a nation that didn't save us.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As for us, our eyes do yet fail For our vain help; In our watching we have watched For a nation that could not save.

New American Standard 1977
Yet our eyes failed;
            Looking for help was useless.
            In our watching we have watched
            For a nation that could not save.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ain As for us, our eyes have failed in seeking our vain help; in our watching we have watched for people that cannot save us.

King James 2000 Bible
As for us, our eyes as yet failed, watching for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

American King James Version
As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

American Standard Version
Our eyes do yet fail in looking for our vain help: In our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ain. While we were yet standing, our eyes failed, expecting help for us in vain, when we looked attentively towards a nation that was not able to save.

Darby Bible Translation
Our eyes still failed for our vain help; in our watching, we have watched for a nation that did not save.

English Revised Version
Our eyes do yet fail in looking for our vain help; in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.

Webster's Bible Translation
As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

World English Bible
Our eyes do yet fail [in looking] for our vain help: In our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.

Young's Literal Translation
While we exist -- consumed are our eyes for our vain help, In our watch-tower we have watched for a nation that saveth not.
Study Bible
The Distress of Zion
16The presence of the LORD has scattered them, He will not continue to regard them; They did not honor the priests, They did not favor the elders. 17Yet our eyes failed, Looking for help was useless; In our watching we have watched For a nation that could not save. 18They hunted our steps So that we could not walk in our streets; Our end drew near, Our days were finished For our end had come.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 37:7
"Thus says the LORD God of Israel, 'Thus you are to say to the king of Judah, who sent you to Me to inquire of Me: "Behold, Pharaoh's army which has come out for your assistance is going to return to its own land of Egypt.

Lamentations 1:7
In the days of her affliction and homelessness Jerusalem remembers all her precious things That were from the days of old, When her people fell into the hand of the adversary And no one helped her. The adversaries saw her, They mocked at her ruin.

Ezekiel 29:6
"Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the LORD, Because they have been only a staff made of reed to the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 29:7
"When they took hold of you with the hand, You broke and tore all their hands; And when they leaned on you, You broke and made all their loins quake."
Treasury of Scripture

As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

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Lamentations 1:19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and my elders …

2 Kings 24:7 And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land…

Isaiah 20:5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, …

Isaiah 30:1-7 Woe to the rebellious children, said the LORD, that take counsel, …

Isaiah 31:1-3 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and …

Jeremiah 2:18,36 And now what have you to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters …

Jeremiah 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Jeremiah 30:7-10 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even …

Ezekiel 29:6,7,16 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because …

for a. For the Egyptians, who were their pretended allies; but who were neither able nor willing to help them.

(17) As for us . . .--Better, Still do our eyes waste away, looking for our vain help.

In our watching.--Better, upon our watch-tower. (Comp. Habakkuk 2:1.) The people of Judah are represented as looking out for the approach of an ally, probably Egypt (Jeremiah 37:7), and looking in vain.

Verse 17. - As for us, our eyes, etc.; rather (correcting the reading of the first word), Our eyes were still wasting away (as we looked) for our help in vain. To the very last the Jews leaned on "that broken reed," Egypt (Isaiah 36:6); how vain that hope would be Jeremiah had already told them (Jeremiah 37:7, 8). In our watching; i.e. earnestly and continually; or, on our watchtower. As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help,.... Or, "while we were yet" (h); a nation, a people, a body politic, in our own land, before the city of Jerusalem was taken, we were looking for help, as was promised us; but it proved a vain help, none was given us; for which we kept looking to the last, till our eyes failed, and we could look no longer; no help appeared, nor was there any prospect or probability of it, and therefore gave all up:

in our watching we watched for a nation that could not save us; not the Romans, as the Targum, but the Egyptians; these promised them help and relief, and therefore in their watching they watched, or vehemently watched, and wistfully looked out for it, but all in vain; for though these made an attempt to help them, they durst not proceed; were obliged to retire, not being a match for the Chaldean army, and so could not save them, or break up the siege, and relieve them.

(h) "quum adhuc essemus", Munster: Piscator. 17. As for us—This translation forms the best antithesis to the language of the heathen (La 4:15, 16). Calvin translates, "While as yet we stood as a state, our eyes failed," etc.

watched for a nation that could not save us—Egypt (2Ki 24:7; Isa 30:7; Jer 37:5-11).

Tzaddi.4:13-20 Nothing ripens a people more for ruin, nor fills the measure faster, than the sins of priests and prophets. The king himself cannot escape, for Divine vengeance pursues him. Our anointed King alone is the life of our souls; we may safely live under his shadow, and rejoice in Him in the midst of our enemies, for He is the true God and eternal life.
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