Proverbs 22:26

Saying 4

26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;

Read Proverbs 22:26 Using Other Translations

Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts.
Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else.

What does Proverbs 22:26 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 22:26

Be not thou [one] of them that strike hands
Or "among them" F13, of the number of them, that do as they do, give their hand or their bond for others; he surety for them, as it is explained in the following clause; see ( Proverbs 6:1 ) ( 17:18 ) ; [or] of them that are sureties for debts;
contracted by others; that engage for the payment of them, in case the principal fails: and it is much if persons that keep indifferent company, angry and furious men, who are often in broils and quarrels, and spend their time and substance in strife and contention, are not drawn into engagements of this kind.


FOOTNOTES:

F13 (b) "inter", Pagninus, Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis.
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