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Job 29:24 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I smiled on them, when they had no confidence; And the light of my countenance they cast not down.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and they troubled not the serenity of my countenance.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I laughed at them—they lost confidence, and, the light of my countenance, they suffered not to fail;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— I laugh unto them—they give no credence, And the light of my face cause not to fall.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If at any time I laughed on them, they believed not, and the light of my countenance fell not on earth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [If] I laughed on them, they beleeued it not, and the light of my countenance they cast not downe.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Were I to laugh on them, they would not believe [it]; and the light of my face has not failed.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[If] I laughed 7832
{7832} Prime
שָׂחַק
sachaq
{saw-khak'}
A primitive root; to laugh (in pleasure or detraction); by implication to play.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
on x413
(0413) Complement
אֵל
'el
{ale}
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
them, they believed 539
{0539} Prime
אָמַן
'aman
{aw-man'}
A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isaiah 30:21; by interchange for H0541) to go to the right hand.
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
[it] not; x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
and the light 216
{0216} Prime
אוֹר
'owr
{ore}
From H0215; illumination or (concretely) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.).
of my countenance 6440
{6440} Prime
פָּנִים
paniym
{paw-neem'}
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
they cast not down. 5307
{5307} Prime
נָפַל
naphal
{naw-fal'}
A primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitively or causatively, literally or figuratively).
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 29:24

_ _ 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) (Proverbs 16:15; Psalms 104:15). The opposite phrase (Genesis 4:5, Genesis 4:6). “Gravity” cannot well be meant by “light of countenance.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 29:18-25.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 29:24

Laughed — Carried myself so familiarly with them, that they could scarce believe their eyes and ears. Cast not down — They were cautious not to give me any occasion to change my countenance towards them.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 29:24

[If] I (q) laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and the light of my countenance they (r) cast not down.

(q) That is, they thought it not to be a rest, or they did not think that I would condescend to them.

(r) They were afraid to offend me and cause me to be angry.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
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.
Psalms 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:

Psalms 4:6 [There be] many that say, Who will shew us [any] good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
Psalms 89:15 Blessed [is] the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
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Gn 45:26. Ps 4:6; 89:15; 126:1. Lk 24:41.

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