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Proverbs 6:1

Dangerous Promises

6 My son, aif you become 1surety for your friend,

If you have 2shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,

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Proverbs 6:1 — The New International Version (NIV)

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

if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,

Proverbs 6:1 — English Standard Version (ESV)

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

have given your pledge for a stranger,

Proverbs 6:1 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

My son, if thou be surety for thy friend,

If thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,

Proverbs 6:1 — New Living Translation (NLT)

My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt

or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger—

Proverbs 6:1 — New Century Version (NCV)

My child, be careful about giving a guarantee for somebody else’s loan,

about promising to pay what someone else owes.

Proverbs 6:1 — American Standard Version (ASV)

My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbor,

If thou hast stricken thy hands for a stranger;

Proverbs 6:1 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

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

Proverbs 6:1 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

My son, 

if you guarantee a loan for your neighbor 

or pledge yourself for a stranger with a handshake, 

Proverbs 6:1 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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

or entered into an agreement with a stranger,

Proverbs 6:1 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

My child, if you have given your pledge to your neighbor,

if you have bound yourself to another,

Proverbs 6:1 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

My child, if you have pledged to your neighbor,

if you have bound yourself to the stranger,

Proverbs 6:1 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

My son, don’t put up money for what your neighbor owes.

Don’t agree to pay up for someone else.

Proverbs 6:1 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor,

Have given a pledge for a stranger,


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