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
CommentaryClarke'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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
for a. For the Egyptians, who were their pretended allies; but who were neither able nor willing to help them.
LibraryA Message from God for Thee
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 …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 8: 1863
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"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.
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.
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.
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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