Job 9:27
New International Version
If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,’

New Living Translation
If I decided to forget my complaints, to put away my sad face and be cheerful,

English Standard Version
If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,’

Berean Study Bible
If I were to say, ‘I will forget my complaint and change my expression and smile,’

King James Bible
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

New King James Version
If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,’

New American Standard Bible
“Though I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put my face in order and be cheerful,’

NASB 1995
“Though I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,’

NASB 1977
“Though I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,’

Amplified Bible
“If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad appearance, and be cheerful and brighten up,’

Christian Standard Bible
If I said, “I will forget my complaint, change my expression, and smile,”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I said, “I will forget my complaint, change my expression, and smile,”

American Standard Version
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my'sad countenance, and be of good cheer;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
With my bitterness I have forgotten my story; if I shall leave my meditation or my words, I am grieved

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if I should say, I will forget to speak, I will bow down my face and groan;

Contemporary English Version
Sometimes I try to be cheerful and to stop complaining,

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I say: I will not speak so: I change my face, and am tormented with sorrow.

English Revised Version
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Even] if I say, 'I will forget my complaining; I will change my expression and smile,'

International Standard Version
If I were to say, 'Let me forget my complaint,' change the expression on my face, and look cheerful,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I say: 'I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer',

Literal Standard Version
Though I say, I forget my talking, I forsake my corner, and I brighten up!

NET Bible
If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression and be cheerful,'

New Heart English Bible
If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and cheer up;'

World English Bible
If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and cheer up;'

Young's Literal Translation
Though I say, 'I forget my talking, I forsake my corner, and I brighten up!'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
26They sweep by like boats of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on its prey. 27If I were to say, ‘I will forget my complaint and change my expression and smile,’ 28I would still dread all my sufferings; I know that You will not acquit me.…

Cross References
Job 7:11
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 16:6
Even if I speak, my pain is not relieved, and if I hold back, how will it go away?

Psalm 55:2
Attend to me and answer me. I am restless in my complaint, and distraught


Treasury of Scripture

If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

Job 7:13
When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;

Psalm 77:2,3
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted…

Jeremiah 8:18
When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.









Verse 27. - If I say, I will forget my complaint (comp. above, Job 7:13). Job represents himself as sometimes, for a moment, imagining that he might put aside his load of sorrow by not thinking of it. He tries, and says to himself, "I will forget," etc.; but in vain. The whole mass of his sufferings seems to rise up against him, and make even momentary forgetfulness impossible. I will leave off my heaviness; or, my black looks. And comfort myself (comp. Job 10:20 and Psalm 39:13, where the same verb is rendered "recover strength").

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I say,
אָ֭מְרִי (’ā·mə·rî)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | first person common singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

‘I will forget
אֶשְׁכְּחָ֣ה (’eš·kə·ḥāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 7911: To mislay, to be oblivious of, from want of memory, attention

my complaint,
שִׂיחִ֑י (śî·ḥî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7879: A contemplation, an utterance

I will change
אֶעֶזְבָ֖ה (’e·‘ez·ḇāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

my expression,
פָנַ֣י (p̄ā·nay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6440: The face

and smile,’
וְאַבְלִֽיגָה׃ (wə·’aḇ·lî·ḡāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 1082: To break off, loose, desist, invade


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