23 For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.

Read Job 31:23 Using Other Translations

For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
For I was in terror of calamity from God, and I could not have faced his majesty.
That would be better than facing God’s judgment. For if the majesty of God opposes me, what hope is there?