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Proverbs 17:18

    Proverbs 17:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes surety in the presence of his friend.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A man void of understanding striketh hands, And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbor.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A man without sense gives his hand in an agreement, and makes himself responsible before his neighbour.

    Webster's Revision

    A man void of understanding striketh hands, And becometh surety in the presence of his neighbor.

    World English Bible

    A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his neighbour.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 17:18

    Striketh hands - Striking each other's hands, or shaking hands, was anciently the form in concluding a contract. See notes on Proverbs 6:1.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 17:18

    Compare the marginal reference. Since nothing is nobler than the self-sacrifice of the true friend Proverbs 17:17, so nothing is more contemptible than the weakness which allows itself to be sacrificed for the sake of worthless associates.

    In the presence of his friend - i. e., "On behalf of" or "to his friend for some third person."

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 17:18

    17:18 Friend - Debtor, for whom being his friend, he becomes surety.