Proverbs 20:16
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New International Version
Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.

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

Darby Bible Translation
Take his garment that is become surety [for] another, and hold him in pledge for strangers.

World English Bible
Take the garment of one who puts up collateral for a stranger; and hold him in pledge for a wayward woman.

Young's Literal Translation
Take his garment when a stranger hath been surety, And for strangers pledge it.

Proverbs 20:16 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Take his garment that is surety for a stranger - I suppose the meaning to be, If a stranger or unknown person become surety in a case, greater caution should be used, and such security taken from this stranger as would prevent him from running away from his engagements.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.

Library
Bread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Sluggard's Reproof
A Sermon (No. 2766) intended for reading on Lord's Day, February 16, 1902 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark on a Thursday Evening, during the Winter of 1859. "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." {cold: or, winter}-- Proverbs 20:4. Laziness is the crying sin of Eastern nations. I believe that the peculiar genius of the Anglo-Saxon character prevents our being, as a nation, guilty of that sin. Perhaps
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Tears of the Penitent.
Adversity had taught David self-restraint, had braced his soul, had driven him to grasp firmly the hand of God. And prosperity had seemed for nearly twenty years but to perfect the lessons. Gratitude had followed deliverance, and the sunshine after the rain had brought out the fragrance of devotion and the blossoms of glad songs. A good man, and still more a man of David's age at the date of his great crime, seldom falls so low, unless there has been previous, perhaps unconscious, relaxation of the
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Exodus 22:26
If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset,

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 20:15
Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

Proverbs 20:17
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

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

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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