Proverbs 6:1
New International Version
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,

New Living Translation
My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger—

English Standard Version
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger,

Berean Study Bible
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge with a stranger,

King James Bible
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,

New King James Version
My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,

New American Standard Bible
My son, if you have become a guarantor for your neighbor, Or have given a handshake for a stranger,

NASB 1995
My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,

NASB 1977
My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,

Amplified Bible
My son, if you have become surety (guaranteed a debt or obligation) for your neighbor, If you have given your pledge for [the debt of] a stranger or another [outside your family],

Christian Standard Bible
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor or entered into an agreement with a stranger,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor or entered into an agreement 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;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My son, if you are security for your friend, you have yielded your hand to a stranger.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My son, if thou become surety for thy friend, thou shalt deliver thine hand to an enemy.

Contemporary English Version
My child, suppose you agree to pay the debt of someone, who cannot repay a loan.

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

Good News Translation
My child, have you promised to be responsible for someone else's debts?

International Standard Version
My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbor, if you have agreed to a deal with a stranger,

JPS Tanakh 1917
My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbour, If thou hast struck thy hands for a stranger--

Literal Standard Version
My son! If you have been guarantor for your friend, Have struck your hand for a stranger,

New American Bible
My son, if you have become surety to your neighbor, given your hand in pledge to another,

NET Bible
My child, if you have made a pledge for your neighbor, and have become a guarantor for a stranger,

New Revised Standard Version
My child, if you have given your pledge to your neighbor, if you have bound yourself to another,

New Heart English Bible
My son, if you have become collateral for your neighbor, if you have struck your hand in pledge for a stranger;

World English Bible
My son, if you have become collateral for your neighbor, if you have struck your hands in pledge for a stranger;

Young's Literal Translation
My son! if thou hast been surety for thy friend, Hast stricken for a stranger thy hand,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Warnings Against Foolishness
1My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge with a stranger, 2if you have been trapped by the words of your lips, ensnared by the words of your mouth,…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:2
if you have been trapped by the words of your lips, ensnared by the words of your mouth,

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

Proverbs 17:18
A man lacking judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.

Proverbs 20:16
Take the garment of the one who posts security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for a foreigner.

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

Proverbs 27:13
Take the garment of him who posts security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for a foreigner.

Isaiah 2:6
For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with influences from the east; they are soothsayers like the Philistines; they strike hands with the children of foreigners.


Treasury of Scripture

My son, if you be surety for your friend, if you have stricken your hand with a stranger,











VI.

(i). Ninth Discourse:--Against Suretyship (Proverbs 6:1-5).

(1) If thou be surety for thy friend.--When the Mosaic Law was instituted, commerce had not been taken up by the Israelites, and the lending of money on interest for its employment in trade was a thing unknown. The only occasion for loans would be to supply the immediate necessities of the borrower, and the exaction of interest under such circumstances would be productive of great hardship, involving the loss of land and even personal freedom, as the insolvent debtor and his family became the slaves of the creditor (Nehemiah 5:1-5). To prevent these evils, the lending of money on interest to any poor Israelite was strictly forbidden (Leviticus 25:35-37); the people were enjoined to be liberal, and lend for nothing in such cases. But at the time of Solomon, when the commerce of the Israelites had enormously developed, and communications were opened with Spain and Egypt and (possibly) with India and Ceylon, while caravans penetrated beyond the Euphrates, then the lending of money on interest for employment in trade most probably became frequent, and suretyship also, the pledging of a man's own credit to enable his friend to procure a loan. And when the wealth that accompanied this development of the national resources had brought luxury in its train, borrowing and suretyship would be employed for less worthy purposes, to supply the young nobles of Jerusalem with money for their extravagance. Hence possibly the emphatic language of the text and Proverbs 20:16; Proverbs 27:13. . . .

Verses 1-35. - The sixth chapter embraces four distinct discourses, each of which is a warning. The subjects treated of are

(1) suretyship (vers. 1-5);

(2) sloth (vers. 6-11);

(3) malice (vers. 12-19); and . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
My son,
בְּ֭נִי (bə·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1121: A son

if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you have put up security
עָרַ֣בְתָּ (‘ā·raḇ·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6148: To braid, intermix, technically, to traffic, give to be security

for your neighbor,
לְרֵעֶ֑ךָ (lə·rê·‘e·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

if you have struck hands in pledge
תָּקַ֖עְתָּ (tā·qa‘·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 8628: To clatter, slap, clang, to drive, to become bondsman

with a stranger,
לַזָּ֣ר (laz·zār)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2114: To turn aside, to be a, foreigner, strange, profane, to commit adultery


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