'Countenance' in the Bible
The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval],And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’
a defiant nation who will have no respect for the old, nor show favor to the young,
Hannah said, “Let your maidservant find grace and favor in your sight.” So the woman went on her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
“If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,I will leave off my sad appearance, and be cheerful and brighten up,’
“I smiled at them when they did not believe,And they did not diminish the light of my face.
Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see some good!”Lift up the light of Your face upon us, O Lord.
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his face, will not seek nor inquire for Him;All his thoughts are, “There is no God [so there is no accountability or punishment].”
Why are you in despair, O my soul?Why have you become restless and disquieted within me?Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him,The help of my countenance and my God.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?And why are you restless and disturbed within me?Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him,The help of my [sad] countenance and my God.
For our fathers did not possess the land [of Canaan] by their own sword,Nor did their own arm save them,But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence,Because You favored and delighted in them.
It is burned with fire, it is cut down;They perish at the rebuke of Your [angry] appearance.
Blessed and happy are the people who know the joyful sound [of the trumpet’s blast]!They walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance!
You have placed our wickedness before you,Our secret sins [which we tried to conceal, You have placed] in the [revealing] light of Your presence.
A heart full of joy and goodness makes a cheerful face,But when a heart is full of sadness the spirit is crushed.
In the light of the king’s face is life,And his favor is like a cloud bringing the spring rain.
The north wind brings forth rain;And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
As iron sharpens iron,So one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion].
Sorrow is better than laughter,For when a face is sad (deep in thought) the heart may be happy [because it is growing in wisdom].
Who is like the wise man?And who knows the interpretation of a matter?A man’s wisdom illumines his face,And causes his stern face to beam.
Go and proclaim these words toward the north [where the ten tribes have been taken as captives] and say,‘Return, faithless Israel,’ says the Lord;‘I will not look on you in anger.For I am gracious and merciful,’ says the Lord;‘I will not be angry forever.
“This is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my [waking] thoughts were extremely troubling and alarming and my face grew pale; but I kept the matter [of the vision and the angel’s explanation] to myself.”
“At the latter period of their reign,When the transgressors have finished,A king will ariseInsolent and skilled in intrigue and cunning.
“And whenever you are fasting, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they put on a sad and dismal face [like actors, discoloring their faces with ashes or dirt] so that their fasting may be seen by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full.
But the man was saddened at Jesus’ words, and he left grieving, because he owned much property and had many possessions [which he treasured more than his relationship with God].
As He was praying, the appearance of His face became different [actually transformed], and His clothing became white and flashing with the brilliance of lightning.