Job 9:27
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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,’

New American Standard Bible
"Though I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,'

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I said, "I will forget my complaint, 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,

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness and comfort myself;

King James 2000 Bible
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my [sad] countenance, and brighten up,

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

Webster's Bible Translation
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

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!'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:25-35 What little need have we of pastimes, and what great need to redeem time, when it runs on so fast towards eternity! How vain the enjoyments of time, which we may quite lose while yet time continues! The remembrance of having done our duty will be pleasing afterwards; so will not the remembrance of having got worldly wealth, when it is all lost and gone. Job's complaint of God, as one that could not be appeased and would not relent, was the language of his corruption. There is a Mediator, a Daysman, or Umpire, for us, even God's own beloved Son, who has purchased peace for us with the blood of his cross, who is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God through him. If we trust in his name, our sins will be buried in the depths of the sea, we shall be washed from all our filthiness, and made whiter than snow, so that none can lay any thing to our charge. We shall be clothed with the robes of righteousness and salvation, adorned with the graces of the Holy Spirit, and presented faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. May we learn the difference between justifying ourselves, and being thus justified by God himself. Let the tempest-tossed soul consider Job, and notice that others have passed this dreadful gulf; and though they found it hard to believe that God would hear or deliver them, yet he rebuked the storm, and brought them to the desired haven. Resist the devil; give not place to hard thoughts of God, or desperate conclusions about thyself. Come to Him who invites the weary and heavy laden; who promises in nowise to cast them out.

Pulpit Commentary

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").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If I say, I will forget my complaint,.... The cause of it, the loss of his children, servants, substance, and health, and endeavour to think no more of these things, and cease complaining about them, and attempt to bury them in oblivion, and change his note:

I will leave off my heaviness; his melancholy thoughts, words, airs, and looks; or "forsake my face" (h), put on another countenance, a more pleasent and cheerful one; the Jewish commentators generally interpret it, "my anger", either at the dispensations of Providence, or at his friends:

and comfort myself; that things were not worse with him than they were; or strengthen (i) himself, as the word is rendered in Amos 5:9; against his fears, and troubles, and dejection of mind, determining to take heart, and be of good courage, and not sink, and succumb, and faint under his burdens: none but God, Father, Son, and Spirit, can give comfort to distressed ones, whether on temporal or spiritual accounts; but good men may make use of means for comfort, such as hearing the word, reading the Scriptures, prayer, meditation, and conversation with good men.

(h) "relinquam facies meas", Montanus, Bolducius, Schmidt. (i) "confirmabo vel roborabo cor meum", Mercerus; so R. R.



Job 9:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
26"They slip by like reed boats, Like an eagle that swoops on its prey. 27"Though I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,' 28I am afraid of all my pains, I know that You will not acquit me.…
Cross References
Job 7:11
"Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 16:6
"Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away.

Psalm 55:2
hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am 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 complaints;

Psalm 77:2,3 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, …

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

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