|New International Version (© 2011)|
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
King James Bible
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
American Standard Version
My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbor, If thou hast stricken thy hands for a stranger;
Young's Literal Translation
My son! if thou hast been surety for thy friend, Hast stricken for a stranger thy hand,
Proverbs 6:1 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If thou be surety for thy friend - לרעך lereacha, for thy neighbor; i.e., any person. If thou pledge thyself in behalf of another, thou takest the burden off him, and placest it on thine own shoulders; and when he knows he has got one to stand between him and the demands of law and justice, he will feel little responsibility; his spirit of exertion will become crippled, and listlessness as to the event will be the consequence. His own character will suffer little; his property nothing, for his friend bears all the burden: and perhaps the very person for whom he bore this burden treats him with neglect; and, lest the restoration of the pledge should be required, will avoid both the sight and presence of his friend. Give what thou canst; but, except in extreme cases, be surety for no man. Striking or shaking hands when the mouth had once made the promise, was considered as the ratification of the engagement; and thus the man became ensnared with the words of his mouth.
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if thou hast stricken: to strike or join hands was an ancient
form of entering into contracts in all counties and all ages.
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Proverbs 6:2 you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.
Proverbs 11:15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
Proverbs 17:18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.
Proverbs 20:16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
Proverbs 22:26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
Proverbs 27:13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
Isaiah 2:6 You, LORD, have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace pagan customs.