Job 29:24
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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.

New American Standard Bible
"I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.

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

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

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I laughed at them, they did not believe it; and they did not cast down the light of my countenance.

King James 2000 Bible
If I mocked them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
[If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and they troubled not the serenity of my countenance.

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

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

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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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

29:18-25 Being thus honoured and useful, Job had hoped to die in peace and honour, in a good old age. If such an expectation arise from lively faith in the providence and promise of God, it is well; but if from conceit of our own wisdom, and dependence on changeable, earthly things, it is ill grounded, and turns to sin. Every one that has the spirit of wisdom, has not the spirit of government; but Job had both. Yet he had the tenderness of a comforter. This he thought upon with pleasure, when he was himself a mourner. Our Lord Jesus is a King who hates iniquity, and upon whom the blessing of a world ready to perish comes. To Him let us give ear.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If I laughed on them, they believed it not,.... Not that he at any time laughed at them, by way of derision; but when in a cheerful frame of mind, or in a merry mood, he used freedom and familiarity, and jested with them; but they could not believe that he did jest, or was in jest, he being a man always of such gravity and seriousness, that they concluded the smile on his countenance, and the pleasant turn of his expression, had a serious meaning in them; or such familiarity with them was so pleasing to them, that they could scarcely for joy believe that he did condescend to indulge such an air of pleasantry: or as Mr. Broughton renders it, and so some others to the same sense, "they would not be bold" (i); familiarity with them did not breed contempt, as it sometimes does; they did not presume upon it, and grow bold and insolent, and make him their equal, and jest with him again; but still there was an awe upon them, and they behaved with reverence to him; and to show how great it was is the design of the expression:

and the light of my countenance they cast not down; they did not ruffle his mind, or disturb the serenity of it; or cause him to change his countenance, through any bold and indecent behaviour towards him, encouraged by the freedom and pleasantry he used with them; they did not put him to shame, or provoke him to anger and displeasure by any unbecoming deportment; they kept their distance, they did not detract from his authority and majesty, or in the least lessen that, but behaved with the same reverence and regard to him they ever did; see Genesis 4:6.

(i) "non tamen sibi sumebant audaciam", Michaelis; "neque tam audaces fiunt", Reimar apud Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. When I relaxed from my wonted gravity (a virtue much esteemed in the East) and smiled, they could hardly credit it; and yet, notwithstanding my condescension, they did not cast aside reverence for my gravity. But the parallelism is better in Umbreit's translation, "I smiled kindly on those who trusted not," that is, in times of danger I cheered those in despondency. And they could not cast down (by their despondency) my serenity of countenance (flowing from trust in God) (Pr 16:15; Ps 104:15). The opposite phrase (Ge 4:5, 6). "Gravity" cannot well be meant by "light of countenance."

Job 29:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Former Blessings
23"They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouth as for the spring rain. 24"I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down. 25"I chose a way for them and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who comforted the mourners.
Cross References
Job 29:23
They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.

Job 29:25
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.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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