The English word trespass originated from the Latin words trans, meaning beyond, and passer, meaning to step, or walk. Trespass means to walk beyond, and as such well-represents the original Old and New Testament words of the Scriptures that it is used to translate i.e. the Hebrew words (pronounced) aw-sham, meaning guilt (used in the term "trespass offering") and peh-shah, meaning rebellion, and the Greek words (pronounced) ham-ar-tan-oh, meaning to miss the mark, and par-ap-to-mah, meaning to side-step, used in the sense to deviate from what is right, as defined by God, not man e.g. man says that the slaughter of unborn infants (see When Does "Life" Begin?) or the perverted behavior, and now even "marriage" of "queers" (as they defiantly call themselves, see also When "Rights" Are Wrong) is a matter of "rights," while both are a vile and evil abomination in God's sight, according to God's own Word. Throughout the Bible, "trespass" is used to describe either the violation of the rights of other people, or disobedience to God.
Trespassing Against God and Man
Trespasses against other people involved personal or property rights, but were still regarded as sin. This is made manifest in the Ten Commandments, four of which involve the proper conduct toward God, six of which involve the proper conduct toward other people (see The Decalogue):
"If any man trespass against his neighbour" (1 Kings 8:31 KJV)
"And Jacob was wroth, and chided with Laban [see Jacob and Laban]: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?" (Genesis 31:36 KJV)
"So shall ye say unto Joseph [see Coat Of Many Colors], Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil" (Genesis 50:17 KJV)
Trespasses against God, in one form or another, also always involved the violation of the Ten Commandments (see The First Commandment, The Second Commandment, The Third Commandment, The Fourth Commandment, The Fifth Commandment, The Sixth Commandment, The Seventh Commandment, The Eighth Commandment, The Ninth Commandment and The Tenth Commandment):
"Thus saith the whole congregation of The Lord, What trespass is this that ye have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from following The Lord, in that ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this day against The Lord?" (Joshua 2:16 KJV)
"And they left the house of The Lord God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass." (2 Chronicles 24:18 KJV)
"For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of The Lord our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of The Lord, and turned their backs" (2 Chronicles 29:6 KJV)
Fact Finder: While Jesus Christ is the means by which our trespasses against God are forgiven (e.g. "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation," 2 Corinthians 5:19 KJV), must we forgive those who trespass against us? For otherwise, if you "forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses"?