Proverbs 11:15

15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.

Proverbs 11:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
ESV
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
NLT
15 There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt; it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt.
MSG
15 Whoever makes deals with strangers is sure to get burned; if you keep a cool head, you'll avoid rash bargains.
CSB
15 If someone puts up security for a stranger, he will suffer for it, but the one who hates such agreements is protected.

Proverbs 11:15 In-Context

13 A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
14 For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
16 A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.
17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Proverbs 6:1
  • 2. Proverbs 17:18; Proverbs 22:26-27
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