Proverbs 6:1

“My sonne, if thou bee surety for thy friend, it thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,”

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Other Translations

My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
- King James Version

My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbor, If thou hast stricken thy hands for a stranger;
- American Standard Version (1901)

My son, if you have made yourself responsible for your neighbour, or given your word for another,
- Basic English Bible

My son, if thou hast become surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand for a stranger,
- Darby Bible

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

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

My son! if thou hast been surety for thy friend, Hast stricken for a stranger thy hand,
- Youngs Literal Bible

My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbour, if thou hast struck thy hands for a stranger--
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 6:1


6:1 Surety - Rashly, without considering how thou shalt discharge the debt as occasion require. Otherwise suretyship in some cases may be not only lawful, but an act of justice and charity. Stricken thy hand - Obliged thyself by giving thine hand, as the custom then was in such cases. With - With the creditor, whom he calls a stranger, because the usurers in Israel, who lent money to others, upon condition of paying use for it, were either Heathens, or were reputed as bad as Heathens, because this practice was forbidden by God's law, #Deut 23:19|.


Discussion for Proverbs 6

  • Markwarbrick
    Every Word of God is pure,even so come quickly Lord Jesus.Amen.
  • Molly
    One thing GOD has instructed us not to do which many of us continue to do is become a surety for another. We are not to co-sign for our family, our friends nor our children. It may be hard to say no when loved ones ask. However, it is the commandment of GOD. People find themselves paying for cars, furniture or loans when someone else defaults on what they owe. Obedience will prevent such trouble.
  • Malele
    these is one of the most beautiful and wisely put scripture. it helps one to introspect
  • BSP
    Verses 16 and 17: God outright describes some of the things that he detests. We want to make sure to stay as far away from these things as possible.
  • Mable
    Verse 7 saying you have no one over you you have been doing things own your own. That you want receive a leader to help you.
  • Jacquelyne Stevenson
    Know this that your faith in God will lead you to heaven.

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