Lamentations 4:17
Good News Translation
For help that never came, we looked until we could look no longer. We kept waiting for help from a nation that had none to give.

Contemporary English Version
Our eyes became weary, hopelessly looking for help from a nation that could not save us.

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.

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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.

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Lamentations 1:19 Coph. I called for my friends, but they deceived me: my priests and my ancients pined away in the city: while they sought their food, to relieve their souls.

2 Kings 24:7 And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his own country: for the king of Babylon had taken all that had belonged to the king of Egypt, from the river of Egypt, unto the river Euphrates.

Isaiah 20:5 And they shall be afraid, and ashamed of Ethiopia their hope, and of Egypt their glory.

Isaiah 30:1-7 Woe to you, apostate children, saith the Lord, that you would take counsel, and not of me: and would begin a web, and not by my spirit, that you might add sin upon sin: . . .

Isaiah 31:1-3 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, trusting in horses, and putting their confidence in chariots, because they are many: and in horsemen, because they are very strong: and have not trusted in the Holy One of Israel, and have not sought after the Lord. . . .

Jeremiah 2:18,36 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the troubled water? And what hast thou to do with the way of the Assyrians, to drink the water of the river? . . .

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, neither is there the like to it; and it is the time of tribulation to Jacob, 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 thou hast been a staff of a reed to the house of Israel. . . .

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Context
The Distress of Zion
16Phe. The face of the Lord hath divided them, he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, neither had they pity on the ancient. 17Ain. 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.18Sade. Our steps have slipped in the way of our streets, our end draweth near: our days are fulfilled, for our end is come.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 37:7
And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.

Lamentations 1:7
Zain. Jerusalem hath remembered the days of her affliction, and prevarication of all her desirable things which she had from the days of old, when her people fell in the enemy's hand, and there was no helper; the enemies have seen her, and have mocked at her sabbaths.

Ezekiel 29:6
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord: because thou hast been a staff of a reed to the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 29:7
When they took hold of thee with the hand thou didst break, and rent all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brokest, and weakenest all their loins.

Additional Translations
All the while our eyes were failing as we looked in vain for help. We watched from our towers for a nation that could not save us.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.

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

PHE. While we yet lived our eyes failed, while we looked in vain for our help. TSADE. We looked to a nation that could not save.

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

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

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.

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

While we exist -- consumed are our eyes for our vain help, In our watch-tower we have watched for a nation that saveth not.
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