Proverbs 17 :18

Proverbs 17 :18 Translations

American King James Version (AKJV)

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

King James Version (KJV)

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 friend.

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.

Definitions for Proverbs 17 :18

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' Commentary 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 Commentary on Proverbs 17 :18

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