The People of Jerusalem Lament:
4:17 Our eyes continually failed us
as we looked in vain for help.57
From our watchtowers we watched
for a nation that could not rescue us.
4:18 Our enemies58 hunted us down at every step59
so that we could not walk about in our streets.
Our end drew near, our days were numbered,60
for our end had come!
4:19 Those who pursued us were swifter
They chased us over the mountains;
they ambushed us in the wilderness.
4:20 Our very life breath—the Lord’s anointed king63—
was caught in their traps,64
of whom we thought,65
“Under his protection66 we will survive among the nations.”
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