Proverbs 11:15
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New International Version
Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.

New Living Translation
There's danger in putting up security for a stranger's debt; it's safer not to guarantee another person's debt.

English Standard Version
Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.

New American Standard Bible
He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.

King James Bible
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If someone puts up security for a stranger, he will suffer for it, but the one who hates such agreements is protected.

International Standard Version
Securing a loan for a stranger will bring suffering, but by refusing to do so, one remains safe.

NET Bible
The one who puts up security for a stranger will surely have trouble, but whoever avoids shaking hands will be secure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil one does evil when he meets the righteous, because he hates those who await good news.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever guarantees a stranger's loan will get into trouble, but whoever hates the closing of a deal remains secure.

Jubilee Bible 2000
With anxiety shall he that is surety for a stranger be afflicted, and he that hates suretiship shall live securely.

King James 2000 Bible
He that is surety for a stranger shall suffer for it: and he that hates being surety is secure.

American King James Version
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hates indebtedness is sure.

American Standard Version
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it; But he that hateth suretyship is secure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall be afflicted with evil, that is surety for a stranger: but he that is aware of the snares, shall be secure.

Darby Bible Translation
It goeth ill with him that is surety for another; but he that hateth suretyship is secure.

English Revised Version
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: but he that hateth suretiship is sure.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

World English Bible
He who is collateral for a stranger will suffer for it, but he who refuses pledges of collateral is secure.

Young's Literal Translation
Evil one suffereth when he hath been surety for a stranger, And whoso is hating suretyship is confident.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - He that is surety for a stranger; or, for another (see Proverbs 6:1). Shall smart for it. "Evil shall fall on him evilly who is surety." He that hateth suretyship; guaranteed, as the word implies, by the striking of hands in public (Proverbs 17:18). Vulgate, "who is cautious of snares," especially of the insidious dangers that lurk in suretyship. Is sure; is at rest and has nothing to fear. There is no paronomasia in the Hebrew. The play on "suretyship" and "sure" in the Authorized Version is either accidental or was introduced with the idea of giving point to the sentence. The Septuagint translates differently, "A wicked man doeth evil when he mixes with the righteous; he hateth the sound of safety (η΅χον ἀσφαλείας)." This perhaps means that the fraudulent creditor deceives the good man who has stood security for him; and henceforward the good man cannot bear to hear immunity and safety spoken of (see note on Proverbs 20:16).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it,.... Or in "breaking shall be broken" (q), ruined and undone; he engaging or becoming a bondsman for one whose circumstances he knew not; and these being bad bring a load upon him, such an heavy debt as crushes him to pieces. Mr. Henry observes that our Lord Jesus Christ became a surety for us when we were strangers, and he smarted for it, he was bruised and wounded for our sins; but then he knew our circumstances, and what the consequence would be, and became a surety on purpose to pay the whole debt and set us free; which he was capable of doing: without being broken or becoming a bankrupt himself; for he was not broken, nor did he fail, Isaiah 42:4. Jarchi's note is,

"the wicked shall be broken, to whose heart idolatry is sweet;''

and he that hateth suretyship is sure; or those "that strike" (r), that is, with the hand, used in suretyship; see Proverbs 6:1; such an one is safe from coming into trouble by such means. The Targum is,

"and hates those that place their hope in God.''

(q) "frangendo frangetur", Michaelis; so Pagninus and others. (r) "complodentes", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius; "defigentes", Mercerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. (Compare Pr 6:1).

suretiship—(Compare Margin), the actors put for the action, which may be lawfully hated.

Proverbs 11:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
A False Balance is an Abomination
14Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory. 15He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates being a guarantor is secure. 16A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:1
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,

Proverbs 17:18
One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.

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.
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He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hates indebtedness is sure.

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Proverbs 6:1-5 My son, if you be surety for your friend, if you have stricken your …

Proverbs 17:18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes surety in …

Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge …

Proverbs 22:26,27 Be not you one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties …

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