Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Take a pledge of him for a strange woman.—See above on Proverbs 20:16; and for “strange woman” comp. note on Proverbs 2:16.Proverbs 27:11, to avoid rash suretiship, to which young men are most prone, and by which they are exposed in the beginning of their days to many sins and miseries, which they carry with them to their graves. Proverbs 20:16, where the same proverb is, and is expressed in the same words as here. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)13. See Proverbs 20:16 and notes.Verse 13. - A repetition of Proverbs 20:16. The LXX., which omits this passage in its proper place, here translates, "Take away his garment, for a scorner passed by, whoever lays waste another's goods." Proverbs 27:7-10 there is also visible a weaving of the external with the internal. First, there are two proverbs, in each of which there is repeated a word terminating with נ.
7 A satisfied soul treadeth honeycomb under foot;
And a hungry soul - everything bitter is (to it) sweet.
It is unnecessary to read תּבוּז (Hitzig); תּבוּס is stronger; "to tread with the feet" is the extreme degree of scornful despite. That satiety and hunger are applicable to the soul, vid., under Proverbs 10:3. In 7b, the adverb להּ, relative to the nomin. absol., like Proverbs 28:7, but not Proverbs 13:18. "Hunger is the best cook," according to a German proverb; the Hebrew proverb is so formed that it is easily transferred to the sphere of the soul. Let the man whom God has richly satisfied with good things guard himself against ingratitude towards the Giver, and against an undervaluing of the gifts received; and if they are spiritual blessings, let him guard himself against self-satisfaction and self-contentment, which is, in truth, the worst poverty, Revelation 3:17; for life without God is a constant hunger and thirst. There is in worldly things, even the most pleasing, a dissatisfaction felt, and a dissatisfaction awakening disgust; and in spiritual life, a satiety which supposes itself to be full of life, but which is nothing else than the decay of life, than the changing of life into death.
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