Lamentations 5:17

17 Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things our eyes grow dim

Read Lamentations 5:17 Using Other Translations

For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.
For this our heart has become sick, for these things our eyes have grown dim,
Our hearts are sick and weary, and our eyes grow dim with tears.

What does Lamentations 5:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Lamentations 5:17

For this our heart is faint
Our spirits sink; we are ready to swoon and die away; either for this, that we have sinned; because of our sins, they are so many, so great, and so aggravated; or for those distresses and calamities they have brought upon us before mentioned; or for the desolation of Zion, more especially, after expressed; and so the Targum,

``for this house of the sanctuary, which is desolate, our heart is weak:''
for these [things] our eyes are dim;
or "darkened" F2 almost blinded with weeping; can scarcely see out of them; or as persons in a swoon; for dimness of sight usually attends faintness of spirit.
FOOTNOTES:

F2 (wkvx) "contenebrati sunt", V. L. "obtenebrati", Pagninus, Montanus, Calvin, Cocceius.
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