New International Version
When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.
King James Bible
If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
Darby Bible Translation
[If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and they troubled not the serenity of my countenance.
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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I laughed on them, they believed it not - Similar to that expression in the Gospel, Luke 24:41 : And while they believed not for joy, and wondered, he said - . Our version is sufficiently perspicuous, and gives the true sense of the original, only it should be read in the indicative and not in the subjunctive mood: I laughed on them - they believed it not. We have a similar phrase: The news was too good to be true.
The light of my countenance - This evidence of my benevolence and regard. A smile is, metaphorically, the light of the countenance.
They cast not down - They gave me no occasion to change my sentiments or feelings towards them. I could still smile upon them, and they were then worthy of my approbation. Their change he refers to in the beginning of the next chapter.
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LibraryComfort for the Desponding
At once to the subject. A complaint; its cause and cure; and then close up with an exhortation to stir up your pure minds, if you are in such a position. I. First, there is a COMPLAINT. How many a Christian looks on the past with pleasure, on the future with dread, and on the present with sorrow! There are many who look back upon the days that they have passed in the fear of the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever had, but as to the present, it is clad in a sable garb of gloom …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855
The Case of the Christian under the Hiding of God's Face.
No Sorrow Like Messiah's Sorrow
They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.
I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I dwelt as a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.
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