The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLamentations 4:17
As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help…
"while we were yet" F8; 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];
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.
F8 (hnydwe) "quum adhuc essemus", Munster: Piscator.