Job 31:28

28 then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.

Read Job 31:28 Using Other Translations

This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.
this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above.
If so, I should be punished by the judges, for it would mean I had denied the God of heaven.

What does Job 31:28 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 31:28

This also [were] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judge,
&c.] 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 20:3-5 ) ( Revelation 21:8 ) ; 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 ) ( Psalms 104:19 ) .

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