Job 29:24
New International Version
When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.

New Living Translation
When they were discouraged, I smiled at them. My look of approval was precious to them.

English Standard Version
I smiled on them when they had no confidence, and the light of my face they did not cast down.

Berean Study Bible
If I smiled at them, they did not believe it; the light of my countenance was precious.

King James Bible
If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

New King James Version
If I mocked at them, they did not believe it, And the light of my countenance they did not cast down.

New American Standard Bible
“I smiled at them when they did not believe, And they did not look at my kindness ungraciously.

NASB 1995
“I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.

NASB 1977
“I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.

Amplified Bible
“I smiled at them when they did not believe, And they did not diminish the light of my face.

Christian Standard Bible
If I smiled at them, they couldn’t believe it; they were thrilled at the light of my countenance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I smiled at them, they couldn’t believe it; they were thrilled at the light of my countenance.

American Standard Version
I smiled on them, when they had no confidence; And the light of my countenance they cast not down.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I shall laugh at them and they will not believe, and in the light of my face they will not walk

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Were I to laugh on them, they would not believe it; and the light of my face has not failed.

Contemporary English Version
and the smile on my face renewed everyone's hopes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If at any time I laughed on them, they believed not, and the light of my countenance fell not on earth.

English Revised Version
If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

Good News Translation
I smiled on them when they had lost confidence; my cheerful face encouraged them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I smiled at them, they could hardly believe it, but the expression on my face did not change.

International Standard Version
I smiled at them when they had no confidence, and no one could discourage me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I laughed on them, they believed it not; And the light of my countenance they cast not down.

Literal Standard Version
I laugh at them—they give no credence, And do not cause the light of my face to fall.

NET Bible
If I smiled at them, they hardly believed it; and they did not cause the light of my face to darken.

New Heart English Bible
I smiled on them when they had no confidence. They did not reject the light of my face.

World English Bible
I smiled on them when they had no confidence. They didn't reject the light of my face.

Young's Literal Translation
I laugh unto them -- they give no credence, And the light of my face cause not to fall.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Former Blessings
23They waited for me as for rain and drank in my words like spring showers. 24If I smiled at them, they did not believe it; the light of my countenance was precious. 25I chose their course and presided as chief. So I dwelt as a king among his troops, as a comforter of the mourners.…

Cross References
Job 29:23
They waited for me as for rain and drank in my words like spring showers.

Job 29:25
I chose their course and presided as chief. So I dwelt as a king among his troops, as a comforter of the mourners.


Treasury of Scripture

If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

they believed

Genesis 45:26
And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.

Psalm 126:1
A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Luke 24:41
And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?

the light

Psalm 4:6
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Psalm 89:15
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.









(24) If I laughed on them.--That is, "They would not believe that I could be so affable to them, could so condescend to them--they looked up to me with the greatest deference."

Verse 24. - If I laughed on them, they believed it not; rather, if I smiled on them. If, as a mark of favour, I smiled on any, they thought it such graciousness and condescension that they could scarcely believe it possible. And the light of my countenance they cast not down. They never put me out of countenance, or made me sad and gloomy, by opposing my views and ranging themselves against me.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If I smiled
אֶשְׂחַ֣ק (’eś·ḥaq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7832: To laugh, to play

at them,
אֲ֭לֵהֶם (’ă·lê·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

they did not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

believe it;
יַאֲמִ֑ינוּ (ya·’ă·mî·nū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 539: To confirm, support

the light
וְא֥וֹר (wə·’ō·wr)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

of my countenance
פָּ֝נַ֗י (pā·nay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6440: The face

was precious.
יַפִּילֽוּן׃ (yap·pî·lūn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie


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