Job 31:33
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New International Version
if I have concealed my sin as people do, by hiding my guilt in my heart

New Living Translation
"Have I tried to hide my sins like other people do, concealing my guilt in my heart?

English Standard Version
if I have concealed my transgressions as others do by hiding my iniquity in my heart,

New American Standard Bible
"Have I covered my transgressions like Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

King James Bible
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Have I covered my transgressions as others do by hiding my guilt in my heart,

International Standard Version
"Have I covered my transgression like other people, to conceal iniquity within myself?

NET Bible
if I have covered my transgressions as men do, by hiding iniquity in my heart,

New Heart English Bible
if like Adam I have covered my transgressions, by hiding my iniquity in my heart,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If I have covered my disobedience like Adam and kept my sin to myself,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If after the manner of men I covered my transgressions, By hiding mine iniquity in my bosom--

New American Standard 1977
“Have I covered my transgressions like Adam,
            By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom;

King James 2000 Bible
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:

American King James Version
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:

American Standard Version
If like Adam I have covered my transgressions, By hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,

Douay-Rheims Bible
If as a man I have hid my sin, and have concealed my iniquity in my bosom.

Darby Bible Translation
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,

English Revised Version
If like Adam I covered my transgressions, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom;

Webster's Bible Translation
If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:

World English Bible
if like Adam I have covered my transgressions, by hiding my iniquity in my heart,

Young's Literal Translation
If I have covered as Adam my transgressions, To hide in my bosom mine iniquity,
Study Bible
Job's Final Appeal
32"The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the traveler. 33"Have I covered my transgressions like Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 34Because I feared the great multitude, And the contempt of families terrified me, And kept silent and did not go out of doors?…
Cross References
Genesis 3:8
They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Genesis 3:10
He said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself."

Genesis 3:12
The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate."

Job 31:32
"The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the traveler.

Psalm 32:5
I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.

Proverbs 28:13
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

Hosea 6:7
But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant; There they have dealt treacherously against Me.
Treasury of Scripture

If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:

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Genesis 3:7,8,12 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were …

Joshua 7:11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which …

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses …

Hosea 6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they …

Acts 5:8 And Peter answered to her, Tell me whether you sold the land for …

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth …

as Adam. or, after the manner of men

Hosea 6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they …

(33) As Adam.--Or, as man, i.e., commonly does. There may or may not be here some indication of acquaintance with the narrative of Genesis. (See the margin.)

Verse 33. - If I covered my transgressions as Adam; or, after the manner of men It does not seem to me likely that Job had such a knowledge of Adam's conduct in the garden of Eden as would have made an allusion to it in this place natural or probable. The religious traditions of the Chaldees, which note the war in heaven, the Deluge, the building of the Tower of Babel, and the confusion of tongues, contain no mention of Adam or of Paradise. Nor. so far as I am aware, is there, among other ancient legends, any near parallel to the story of the Fall as related in Genesis 4. Much less does the subordinate detail of Adam hiding himself make its appearance in any of them. The marginal rendering, "after the manner of men," is therefore, I think, to be preferred. By hiding mine iniquity in my bosom. This is not particularly apposite to the case of Adam, who "hid himself from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden" (Genesis 4:8). If I covered my transgressions as Adam,.... Job could not be understood, by this account he had given of the holiness of his life, that he thought himself quite free from sin; he had owned himself to be a sinner in several places before, and disclaimed perfection; and here he acknowledges he was guilty of transgressing the law of God, and that in many instances; for he speaks of his "transgressions" in the plural number; but then he did not seek to cover them from the of God or men, but frankly and ingenuously confessed them to both; he did not cover them, palliate, excuse, and extenuate them, as Adam did his, by laying the blame to his wife; and as she by charging it on the serpent; and those excuses they made are the inventions they found out, Ecclesiastes 7:29; or the meaning is, Job did not do "as men" (k) in common do; who, when they have sinned, either through fear or shame, endeavour to conceal it, and keep it out of the sight of others, unless they are very hardened and audacious sinners, such as the men of Sodom were, see Hosea 6:7;

by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom; meaning perhaps some particular iniquity which his nature was most inclined to; this he did not attempt to hide in secret, as what is put into the bosom is; or that he did not spare it and cherish it, and, from an affection to it, keep it as persons and things beloved are, laid in the bosom; and so Mr. Broughton reads the words, "hiding my sin of a self-love"; either having a self-love to it, or hiding it of self-love, that is, from a principle of self-love, to preserve his honour, credit, and reputation among men.

(k) "ut homo", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Beza, Bolducius, Mercerus, Drusius, Schmidt; "more hominum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Aben Ezra. 33. Adam—translated by Umbreit, "as men do" (Ho 6:7, where see Margin). But English Version is more natural. The very same word for "hiding" is used in Ge 3:8, 10, of Adam hiding himself from God. Job elsewhere alludes to the flood. So he might easily know of the fall, through the two links which connect Adam and Abraham (about Job's time), namely, Methuselah and Shem. Adam is representative of fallen man's propensity to concealment (Pr 28:13). It was from God that Job did not "hide his iniquity in his bosom," as on the contrary it was from God that "Adam" hid in his lurking-place. This disproves the translation, "as men"; for it is from their fellow men that "men" are chiefly anxious to hide their real character as guilty. Magee, to make the comparison with Adam more exact, for my "bosom" translates, "lurking-place."31:33-40 Job clears himself from the charge of hypocrisy. We are loth to confess our faults, willing to excuse them, and to lay the blame upon others. But he that thus covers his sins, shall not prosper, Pr 28:13. He speaks of his courage in what is good, as an evidence of his sincerity in it. When men get estates unjustly, they are justly deprived of comfort from them; it was sown wheat, but shall come up thistles. What men do not come honestly by, will never do them any good. The words of Job are ended. They end with a bold assertion, that, with respect to accusation against his moral and religious character as the cause for his sufferings, he could appeal to God. But, however confident Job was, we shall see he was mistaken, chap. 40:4,5; 1Jo 1:8. Let us all judge ourselves; wherein we are guilty, let us seek forgiveness in that blood which cleanseth from all sin; and may the Lord have mercy upon us, and write his laws in our hearts!
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