Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Wisdom Principles—Guaranteeing Others’ Obligations

Proverbs 6:1-5
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.
Proverbs 11:15
Whoever goes bail for a stranger does himself harm, but one who shuns going surety is safe.
Proverbs 17:18
Whoever offers guarantees lacks sense and goes surety for a neighbor.
Proverbs 20:16
Take the man's clothes! He has gone surety for a stranger. Take a pledge from him to the profit of persons unknown!
Proverbs 22:26-27
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.
Proverbs 27:13
Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; and for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.
Sirach 8:13
Do not stand surety beyond your means; if you do stand surety, be prepared to pay up.
Sirach 29:14
A good man will go surety for his neighbor; only a shameless wretch would desert him.
Sirach 29:15-16
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.
Sirach 29:17-18
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.
Sirach 29:19
A wicked man in a hurry to stand guarantor in the hope of profit, is hurrying to be sentenced.
Sirach 29:20
Come to your neighbor’s help as far as you can, but take care not to fall into the same plight.

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