Job 31:28
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.

Berean Study Bible
this would also be an iniquity to be judged, for I would have denied God on high.

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

New King James Version
This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment, For I would have denied God who is above.

New American Standard Bible
That too would have been a guilty deed calling for judgment, For I would have denied God above.

NASB 1995
That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment, For I would have denied God above.

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

Amplified Bible
This also would have been [a heinous] sin calling for judgment, For I would have denied God above.

Christian Standard Bible
this would also be an iniquity deserving punishment, for I would have denied God above.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Also he sees all my devices, if I have lied before God

Brenton Septuagint Translation
let this also then be reckoned to me as the greatest iniquity: for I should have lied against the Lord Most High.

Contemporary English Version
Such horrible sins would have deserved punishment from God.

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

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

Good News Translation
Such a sin should be punished by death; it denies Almighty God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
then that, too, would be a criminal offense, and 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."

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

Literal Standard Version
It also [is] a judicial iniquity, For I had lied to 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Final Appeal
27so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth, 28this would also be an iniquity to be judged, for I would have denied God on high. 29If I have rejoiced in my enemy’s ruin, or exulted when evil befell him—…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 17:2
If a man or woman among you in one of the towns that the LORD your God gives you is found doing evil in the sight of the LORD your God by transgressing His covenant

Joshua 24:27
And Joshua said to all the people, "You see this stone. It will be a witness against us, for it has heard all the words the LORD has spoken to us, and it will be a witness against you if you ever deny your God."

2 Samuel 3:32
When they buried Abner in Hebron, the king wept aloud at Abner's tomb, and all the people wept.

Job 31:11
For that would be a heinous crime, an iniquity to be judged.

Job 31:27
so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

Proverbs 30:9
Otherwise, I may have too much and deny You, saying, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, profaning the name of my God.

Isaiah 59:13
rebelling and denying the LORD, turning away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering lies from the heart.


Treasury of Scripture

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

an

Job 31:11
For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

Job 9:15
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

Job 23:7
There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

for

Joshua 24:23,27
Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel…

Proverbs 30:9
Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

Titus 1:16
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
this
ה֭וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

would also be
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

an iniquity
עָוֺ֣ן (‘ā·wōn)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

to be judged,
פְּלִילִ֑י (pə·lî·lî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6416: For a judge, calling for judgment

for
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I would have denied
כִחַ֖שְׁתִּי (ḵi·ḥaš·tî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3584: To disappoint, deceive, fail, grow lean

God
לָאֵ֣ל (lā·’êl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

on high.
מִמָּֽעַל׃ (mim·mā·‘al)
Preposition-m | Adverb
Strong's 4605: The upper part, with prefix upward, above, overhead, from the top


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