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.

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.

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

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.

Lamentations 4:17 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

We have watched for a nation - Viz., the Egyptians, who were their pretended allies, but were neither able nor wilting to help them against the Chaldeans.

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Lamentations 1:19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and my elders gave up the ghost in the city...

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, and of Egypt their glory.

Isaiah 30:1-7 Woe to the rebellious children, said the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit...

Isaiah 31:1-3 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen...

Jeremiah 2:18,36 And now what have you to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what have you to do in the way of Assyria...

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 the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it...

Ezekiel 29:6,7,16 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel...

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

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Our two messages we will try to deliver in their order; we shall then want your attention and patience for a minute while we answer the question--Why the difference? and then we will press upon each character the force of the message, that each may be led to believe what is addressed to him. I. Our FIRST MESSAGE IS ONE OF COMFORT. "The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity." 1. We find, at the outset, a joyous fact. Read it
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chronological order; those included in this volume will be marked with an asterisk and enumerated in this place without remark. The figures prefixed indicate the probable date. (1) 318: *Two books contra Gentes,' viz. c. Gent. and De Incarn. (2) 321-2: *Depositio Arii (on its authorship, see Introd.) (3) 328-373: *Festal Letters. (4) 328-335? *Ecthesis or Expositio Fidei. (5) Id.? *In Illud Omnia, etc. (6) 339: *Encyclica ad Episcopos ecclesiæ catholicæ. (7) 343: *Sardican Letters (46,
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Cross References
Jeremiah 37:7
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of me, 'Pharaoh's army, which has marched out to support you, will go back to its own land, to Egypt.

Lamentations 1:7
In the days of her affliction and wandering Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old. When her people fell into enemy hands, there was no one to help her. Her enemies looked at her and laughed at her destruction.

Ezekiel 29:6
Then all who live in Egypt will know that I am the LORD. "'You have been a staff of reed for the people of Israel.

Ezekiel 29:7
When they grasped you with their hands, you splintered and you tore open their shoulders; when they leaned on you, you broke and their backs were wrenched.

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