Proverbs 6:1
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English Standard Version
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your 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;

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, thou hast engaged fast thy hand to a stranger.

English Revised Version
My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbour, if thou hast stricken thy hands for a stranger,

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, if thou art surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

With Proverbs 5:18 is introduced anew the praise of conjugal love. These three verses, Proverbs 5:18-21, have the same course of thought as Proverbs 5:15-17.

18 Let thy fountain be blessed,

     And rejoice in the wife of thy youth.

19 The lovely hind and the graceful gazelle -

     May her bosom always charm thee;

     In her love mayest thou delight thyself evermore.

20 But why wilt thou be fascinated with a stranger,

     And embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?

Like בור and באר, מקור is also a figure of the wife; the root-word is קוּר, from קר, כר, the meanings of which, to dig and make round, come together in the primary conception of the round digging out or boring out, not קוּר equals קרר, the Hiph. of which means (Jeremiah 6:7) to well out cold (water). It is the fountain of the birth that is meant (cf. מקור of the female ערוה, e.g., Leviticus 20:18), not the procreation (lxx, ἡ σὴ φλέψ, viz., φλὲψ γονίμη); the blessing wished for by him is the blessing of children, which בּרוּך so much the more distinctly denotes if בּרך, Arab. barak, means to spread out, and בּרך thus to cause a spreading out. The מן, 18b, explains itself from the idea of drawing (water), given with the figure of a fountain; the word בּאשׁת found in certain codices is, on the contrary, prosaic (Fl.). Whilst שׂמח מן is found elsewhere (Ecclesiastes 2:20; 2 Chronicles 20:27) as meaning almost the same as שׂמח בּ; the former means rejoicing from some place, the latter in something. In the genitive connection, "wife of thy youth" (cf. Proverbs 2:17), both of these significations lie: thy youthful wife, and she who was chosen by thee in thy youth, according as we refer the suffix to the whole idea or only to the second member of the chain of words.

Proverbs 6:1 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

if thou hast stricken: to strike or join hands was an ancient
form of entering into contracts in all counties and all ages.

Cross References
Proverbs 6:2
if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth,

Proverbs 11:15
Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.

Proverbs 17:18
One who lacks sense gives a pledge and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.

Proverbs 20:16
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.

Proverbs 22:26
Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts.

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.

Isaiah 2:6
For you have rejected your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full of things from the east and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines, and they strike hands with the children of foreigners.

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