Job 31:11
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New International Version
For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged.

New Living Translation
For lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished.

English Standard Version
For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;

New American Standard Bible
"For that would be a lustful crime; Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges.

King James Bible
For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For that would be a disgrace; it would be a crime deserving punishment.

International Standard Version
because something as lascivious as that is an iniquity that should be judged.

NET Bible
For I would have committed a shameful act, an iniquity to be judged.

New Heart English Bible
For that would be a heinous crime. Yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That would be a scandal, and that would be a criminal offense.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For that were a heinous crime; Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

New American Standard 1977
“For that would be a lustful crime;
            Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this is lewdness and iniquity that is proven.

King James 2000 Bible
For this is a heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

American King James Version
For this is an heinous crime; yes, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

American Standard Version
For that were a heinous crime; Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this is a heinous crime, and a most grievous iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
For this is an infamy; yea, it is an iniquity [to be judged by] the judges:

English Revised Version
For that were an heinous crime; yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges:

Webster's Bible Translation
For this is a hainous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

World English Bible
For that would be a heinous crime. Yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges:

Young's Literal Translation
For it is a wicked thing, and a judicial iniquity;
Study Bible
Job's Final Appeal
10May my wife grind for another, And let others kneel down over her. 11"For that would be a lustful crime; Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges. 12"For it would be fire that consumes to Abaddon, And would uproot all my increase.…
Cross References
Leviticus 20:10
If there is a man who commits adultery with another man's wife, one who commits adultery with his friend's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Deuteronomy 22:24
then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and you shall stone them to death; the girl, because she did not cry out in the city, and the man, because he has violated his neighbor's wife. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.

Job 31:28
That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment, For I would have denied God above.
Treasury of Scripture

For this is an heinous crime; yes, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

an heinous

Genesis 20:9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, What have you done …

Genesis 26:10 And Abimelech said, What is this you have done to us? one of the …

Genesis 39:9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither has he kept back …

Exodus 20:14 You shall not commit adultery.

Proverbs 6:29-33 So he that goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall …

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Job 31:28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should …

Genesis 38:24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, …

Leviticus 20:10 And the man that commits adultery with another man's wife, even he …

Deuteronomy 22:22-24 If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then …

Ezekiel 16:38 And I will judge you, as women that break wedlock and shed blood …

Verse 11. - For this is an heinous crime. The crime of adultery subverts the family relation, on which it has pleased God to erect the entire fabric of human society. Hence, in the Jewish Law, adultery was made a capital offence (Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22), both in the woman and in the man. Among other nations the adulteress was commonly punished with death, but the adulterer escaped scot-free. In modern communities adultery is mostly regarded, not as a crime, but as a civil wrong, on account of which an action lies against the adulterer. It is an iniquity to be punished by the judges; literally, it is an iniquity of judges; i.e. one of which judges take cognizance. For this is an heinous crime,.... Adultery; it is contrary to the light of nature, and is condemned by it as a great sin, Genesis 20:9; as well as contrary to the express will and law of God, Exodus 20:14; and, though all sin is a transgression of the law of God, and deserving of death; yet there are some sins greater and more heinous than others, being attended with aggravating circumstances; and such is this sin, it is a breach of the marriage contract and covenant between man and wife; it is doing injury to a man's property, and to that which is the nearest and dearest to him, and is what introduces confusion into families, kingdoms, and states; and therefore it follows:

yea, it is an iniquity to he punished by the judges; who might take cognizance of it, examine into it, and pass sentence for it, and execute it; and, if they neglect do their duty, God, the Judge of all the earth, will punish for it in the world to come, unless repented of: "for whoremongers and adulterers God will judge", Hebrews 13:4; the punishment of adultery was death by the law of God, and that by stoning, as appears from Leviticus 20:10; and it is remarkable, that the Heathens, who were ignorant of this law, enjoined the same punishment for it; so Homer (e) introduces Hector reproving Paris for this sin, and suggests to him, that if he had his deserved punishment, he would have been clothed with a "stone coat", as he beautifully expresses it; which Suidas (f) explains, by being overwhelmed with stones, or stoned; as Eustathius (g).

(e) Iliad. 3. v. 57. (f) In voce (g) In Homer. ibid. 11. In the earliest times punished with death (Ge 38:24). So in later times (De 22:22). Heretofore he had spoken only of sins against conscience; now, one against the community, needing the cognizance of the judge.31:9-15 All the defilements of the life come from a deceived heart. Lust is a fire in the soul: those that indulge it, are said to burn. It consumes all that is good there, and lays the conscience waste. It kindles the fire of God's wrath, which, if not quenched by the blood of Christ, will consume even to eternal destruction. It consumes the body; it consumes the substance. Burning lusts bring burning judgments. Job had a numerous household, and he managed it well. He considered that he had a Master in heaven; and as we are undone if God should be severe with us, we ought to be mild and gentle towards all with whom we have to do.
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