Proverbs 20:16
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English Standard Version
Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.

King James Bible
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

American Standard Version
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge that is surety for foreigners.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take away the garment of him that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge from him for strangers.

English Revised Version
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and hold him in pledge that is surety for strangers.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This proverb passes sentence of condemnation against gross sins in action and life.

Diverse stones, diverse measures -

An abomination to Jahve are they both.

The stones are, as at Proverbs 11:1; Proverbs 16:11, those used as weights. Stone and stone, ephah and ephah, means that they are of diverse kinds, one large and one small (the lxx, in which the sequence of the proverbs from PRomans 20:10 is different, has μέγα καὶ μικρόν), so that one may be able deceitfully to substitute the one for the other. איפה (from אפה, to bake) may originally have been used to designate such a quantity of meal as supplied a family of moderate wants; it corresponds to the bath (Ezekiel 45:11) as a measure for fluids, and stands here synecdochically instead of all the measures, including, e.g., the cor, of which the ephah was a tenth part, and the seah, which was a third part of it. 10b equals Proverbs 17:5, an echo of Leviticus 19:36; Deuteronomy 25:13-16. Just and equal measure is the demand of a holy God; the contrary is to Him an abhorrence.

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take his

Proverbs 11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hates indebtedness is sure.

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

Proverbs 27:13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

Exodus 22:26,27 If you at all take your neighbor's raiment to pledge, you shall deliver it to him by that the sun goes down...

strange

Proverbs 2:16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flatters with her words;

Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

Proverbs 7:5,10 That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger which flatters with her words...

Proverbs 23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

Cross References
Exodus 22:26
If ever you take your neighbor's cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down,

Proverbs 6:1
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger,

Proverbs 20:15
There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Proverbs 20:17
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.

Proverbs 22:27
If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?

Proverbs 27:13
Take a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.

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