Proverbs 17:18
New International Version
One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.

New Living Translation
It's poor judgment to guarantee another person's debt or put up security for a friend.

English Standard Version
One who lacks sense gives a pledge and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.

Berean Study Bible
A man lacking judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.

New American Standard Bible
A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.

King James Bible
A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

Christian Standard Bible
One without sense enters an agreement and puts up security for his friend.

Contemporary English Version
It's stupid to guarantee someone else's loan.

Good News Translation
Only someone with no sense would promise to be responsible for someone else's debts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One without sense enters an agreement and puts up security for his friend.

International Standard Version
A man who lacks sense cosigns a loan, becoming a guarantor for his neighbor.

NET Bible
The one who lacks wisdom strikes hands in pledge, and puts up financial security for his neighbor.

New Heart English Bible
A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A foolish man hands over his bounty which he pledges for his neighbor as security.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person without good sense closes a deal with a handshake. He guarantees a loan in the presence of his friend.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A man void of understanding is he that striketh hands, And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbour.

New American Standard 1977
A man lacking in sense pledges, And becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A man void of understanding strikes hands and becomes surety in the presence of his friend.

King James 2000 Bible
A man void of understanding gives pledge, and becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor.

American King James Version
A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes surety in the presence of his friend.

American Standard Version
A man void of understanding striketh hands, And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbor.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A foolish man applauds and rejoices over himself, as he also that becomes surety would make himself responsible for his own friends.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A foolish man will clap hands, when he is surety for his friend.

Darby Bible Translation
A senseless man striketh hands, becoming surety for his neighbour.

English Revised Version
A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his neighbour.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

World English Bible
A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.

Young's Literal Translation
A man lacking heart is striking hands, A surety he becometh before his friend.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18A man lacking judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor. 19He who loves transgression loves strife; he who builds his gate high invites destruction.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:1
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge with a stranger,

Proverbs 11:15
He who puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but the one who hates indebtedness is secure.

Proverbs 22:26
Do not be one who gives pledges, who puts up security for debts.

Treasury of Scripture

A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes surety in the presence of his friend.

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Proverbs 6:1-5
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, …

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

Proverbs 20:16
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

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Lexicon
A man
אָדָ֣ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

lacking
חֲסַר־ (ḥă·sar-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

judgment
לֵ֭ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

strikes
תּוֹקֵ֣עַ (tō·w·qê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8628: To clatter, slap, clang, to drive, to become bondsman

hands in pledge
כָּ֑ף (kāp̄)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan

and puts up security
עֹרֵ֥ב (‘ō·rêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6148: To braid, intermix, technically, to traffic, give to be security

for
לִפְנֵ֥י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

his neighbor.
רֵעֵֽהוּ׃ (rê·‘ê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7453: Friend, companion, fellow
(18) In the presence of his friend.--Or, With his neighbour. (For the same warning, comp. Proverbs 6:1, sqq.)

Verse 18. - A man void of understanding (Hebrew, heart) striketh hands; clinches the bargain which makes him responsible (see on suretyship, Proverbs 6:1, etc.; and note, Proverbs 20:16). Becometh surety in the presence of his friend; to his friend for some third party. What is here censured is the weakness which, for the sake of perhaps worthless companions, lets itself be hampered and endangered by others' obligations. For, as our adage runs, he that is surety for another is never sure himself. The Septuagint takes the "striking of hands" to be a sign of joy (Vulgate, plaudet manibus), "The foolish man claps (ἐπικροτεῖ) and rejoices in himself, so also he who pledges himself for his friend." 17:8. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! 9. The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves. 10. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. 11. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. 12. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. 13. To render evil for good is devilish. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. 14. What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. 15. It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. 16. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. 18. Let not any wrong their families. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond.
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