Job 31:28
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New International Version
then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.

New Living Translation
If so, I should be punished by the judges, for it would mean I had denied the God of heaven.

English Standard Version
this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above.

New American Standard Bible
That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment, For I would have denied God above.

King James Bible
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
this would also be a crime deserving punishment, for I would have denied God above.

International Standard Version
this is also a sin that deserves to be judged, since I would have tried to deceive God above."

NET Bible
then this also would be iniquity to be judged, for I would have been false to God above.

New Heart English Bible
this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for I should have denied the God who is above.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
then that, too, would be a criminal offense, and I would have denied God above.

JPS Tanakh 1917
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges; For I should have lied to God that is above.

New American Standard 1977
That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment,
            For I would have denied God above.

Jubilee Bible 2000
this would also be a proven iniquity; for I should have denied the God that is sovereign.

King James 2000 Bible
This also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

American King James Version
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

American Standard Version
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges; For I should have denied the God that is above.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which is a very great iniquity, and a denial against the most high God.

Darby Bible Translation
This also would be an iniquity for the judge, for I should have denied the God who is above.

English Revised Version
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges: for I should have lied to God that is above.

Webster's Bible Translation
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

World English Bible
this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for I should have denied the God who is above.

Young's Literal Translation
It also is a judicial iniquity, For I had lied to God above.
Study Bible
Job's Final Appeal
27And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth, 28That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment, For I would have denied God above. 29"Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy, Or exulted when evil befell him?…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 17:2
"If there is found in your midst, in any of your towns, which the LORD your God is giving you, a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, by transgressing His covenant,

Joshua 24:27
Joshua said to all the people, "Behold, this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke to us; thus it shall be for a witness against you, so that you do not deny your God."

2 Samuel 3:32
Thus they buried Abner in Hebron; and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept.

Job 31:11
"For that would be a lustful crime; Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges.

Job 31:27
And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

Proverbs 30:9
That I not be full and deny You and say, "Who is the LORD?" Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.

Isaiah 59:13
Transgressing and denying the LORD, And turning away from our God, Speaking oppression and revolt, Conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.
Treasury of Scripture

This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

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Job 31:11 For this is an heinous crime; yes, it is an iniquity to be punished …

Job 9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would …

Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered …

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Deuteronomy 17:2-7,9 If there be found among you, within any of your gates which the LORD …

Judges 11:27 Why I have not sinned against you, but you do me wrong to war against me…

Psalm 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge …

Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written …

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Joshua 24:23,27 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among …

Proverbs 30:9 Lest I be full, and deny you, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I …

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being …

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

1 John 2:23 Whoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: he that acknowledges …

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

(28) By the judge.--Rather, perhaps, by my judge, i.e., God; unless, indeed, there be any reference to the Mosaic law (Deuteronomy 17:2-7), which does not seem likely.

Verse 28. - This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge (see the comment on ver. 11, adfin.). It is rightly concluded from this expression that, in the country and age of Job, the sort of idolatry which is here mentioned was practised by some, and also that it was legally punishable. For I should have denied the God that is above. The worship of any other god besides the supreme God is, practically, atheism, since "no man can serve two masters." Moreover, to set up two independent gods is to destroy the idea of God, which implies supremacy over every other being. This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge,.... As well as adultery, Job 31:11; by the civil magistrates and judges of the earth, who are God's vicegerents, and therefore it behooves them to take cognizance of such an iniquity, and to punish for it, which affects in so peculiar a manner the honour and worship of the true God; this by the law of Moses was punished by stoning to death, Deuteronomy 13:9; however this will be taken notice of and punished by God the Judge of all, whose law is broken hereby, and who will visit this iniquity more especially on those who commit it, and their posterity after them. Idolaters of every sort shall have their part and portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, Exodus 20:3; the consideration of its being such a heinous sin, and so deserving of punishment, deterred Job from it; the Targum paraphrases it, a most amazing iniquity, it being, as follows, a denial of the true God:

for I should have denied the God that is above; that is, had he worshipped the sun and moon secretly or openly; for, as the atheist denies him in words, the idolater denies him in facts, worshipping the creature besides the Creator, and giving his glory to another, and his praise to idols; which is a virtual denial of him, even of him who is above the sun and moon in place, being higher than the heavens; and in nature, excellency, and glory, being the Creator of them, and they his creatures; and in power and authority, who commands the sun, and it rises not, and has appointed the moon for seasons, Job 9:7. 28. The Mosaic law embodied subsequently the feeling of the godly from the earliest times against idolatry, as deserving judicial penalties: being treason against the Supreme King (De 13:9; 17:2-7; Eze 8:14-18). This passage therefore does not prove Job to have been subsequent to Moses.31:24-32 Job protests, 1. That he never set his heart upon the wealth of this world. How few prosperous professors can appeal to the Lord, that they have not rejoiced because their gains were great! Through the determination to be rich, numbers ruin their souls, or pierce themselves with many sorrows. 2. He never was guilty of idolatry. The source of idolatry is in the heart, and it corrupts men, and provokes God to send judgments upon a nation. 3. He neither desired nor delighted in the hurt of the worst enemy he had. If others bear malice to us, that will not justify us in bearing malice to them. 4. He had never been unkind to strangers. Hospitality is a Christian duty, 1Pe 4:9.
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