My child, if you have gone surety for your neighbor, if you have guaranteed the bond of a stranger,2 if you have committed yourself with your lips, if through words of yours you have been entrapped, 3 do this, my child, to extricate yourself -- since you have put yourself in the power of your neighbor: go, humble yourself, plead with your neighbor, 4 give your eyes no sleep, your eyelids no rest,5 break free like a gazelle from the trap, like a bird from the fowler's clutches.
Whoever goes bail for a stranger does himself harm, but one who shuns going surety is safe.
Whoever offers guarantees lacks sense and goes surety for a neighbor.
Take the man's clothes! He has gone surety for a stranger. Take a pledge from him to the profit of persons unknown!
Do not be one of those who go guarantor, who go surety for debts:27 if you have no means of paying your bed will be taken from under you.
Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; and for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.
Do not stand surety beyond your means; if you do stand surety, be prepared to pay up.
A good man will go surety for his neighbor; only a shameless wretch would desert him.
Do not forget the favor your guarantor has done you; he has given his life for you.16 A sinner is careless of his guarantor's prosperity, the ungrateful forgets his deliverer.
Going surety has ruined many who were prosperous, tossing them about in a heavy sea. 18 It has driven the powerful from home to wander among foreign nations.
A wicked man in a hurry to stand guarantor in the hope of profit, is hurrying to be sentenced.
Come to your neighbor’s help as far as you can, but take care not to fall into the same plight.