Proverbs 22:27
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New International Version
if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

New Living Translation
If you can't pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you.

English Standard Version
If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?

New American Standard Bible
If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take your bed from under you?

King James Bible
If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you have no money to pay, even your bed will be taken from under you.

International Standard Version
If you don't have the ability to pay, why should your very bed be taken from under you?

NET Bible
If you do not have enough to pay, your bed will be taken right out from under you!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you cannot pay, they will take the bed from under you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you have no money to pay back a loan, why should your bed be repossessed?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou hast nothing to pay, why should they take away thy bed from under thee?

King James 2000 Bible
If you have nothing to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

American King James Version
If you have nothing to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

American Standard Version
If thou hast not wherewith to pay, Why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if thou have not wherewith to restore, what cause is there, that he should take the covering from thy bed?

Darby Bible Translation
if thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

English Revised Version
If thou hast not wherewith to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

World English Bible
If you don't have means to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

Young's Literal Translation
If thou hast nothing to pay, Why doth he take thy bed from under thee?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:26,27. Every man ought to be just to himself, and his family; those are not so, who, by folly or other carelessness, waste what they have. 28. We are taught not to trespass on another man's right. And it is hard to find a truly industrious man. Such a man will rise. Seest thou a man diligent in the business of religion? He is likely to excel. Let us then be diligent in God's work.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If thou hast nothing to pay,.... When the debtor this, and the creditor demands the debt of the surety: it is weakness in a man to be a surety for another, when he knows he is not able to pay the debt he is bound for, since it may be an injury to himself and family; but it is a piece of wickedness to engage for the payment of a debt, in case of insolvency, which he knows he is not able to answer; for this is deceiving and imposing upon the creditor; and therefore it is no wonder, being provoked by such ill usage, if he goes to extremity, as follows:

why should he take away thy bed from under thee? as in all likelihood he will, being irritated by such a conduct; and as he might, notwithstanding the law in Exodus 22:26; for that respects a pledge, and not a debt; and raiment pledged, the covering of a man when in bed, and not the bed itself; for even wife and children might be taken for debt, 2 Kings 4:1. This is said to deter from suretyship, especially in such circumstances; since a man may bring himself into such a condition as not to have a bed to lie on; yea, to have it taken from under him when upon it; and be turned out from house and home, naked and destitute.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. should he take, &c.—that is, the creditor.

Proverbs 22:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
26Do not be among those who give pledges, Among those who become guarantors for debts. 27If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take your bed from under you? 28Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.…
Cross References
Exodus 22:26
If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset,

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.
Treasury of Scripture

If you have nothing to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

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

Exodus 22:26,27 If you at all take your neighbor's raiment to pledge, you shall deliver …

2 Kings 4:1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets …

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