Proverbs 6:1–5; Proverbs 11:15; Proverbs 17:18; Proverbs 20:16; Proverbs 22:7; Proverbs 22:26–27; Proverbs 27:13

Practical Warnings

My son, if you have put up esecurity for your neighbor,

have egiven your pledge for a stranger,

if you are fsnared in the words of your mouth,

caught in the words of your mouth,

then do this, my son, and save yourself,

for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:

go, hasten,1 and gplead urgently with your neighbor.

hGive your eyes no sleep

and your eyelids no slumber;

save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,2

ilike a bird from the hand of the fowler.


15  tWhoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,

but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.


18  One who lacks sense gives a pledge

and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.


16  xTake a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger,

and yhold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.1


xThe rich rules over the poor,

and the borrower is the slave of the lender.


26  Be not one of those who ygive pledges,

who put up security for debts.

27  If you have nothing with which to pay,

why should zyour bed be taken from under you?


13  pTake 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.1