Debt in Proverbs

My son, listen to me and do everything I say. Stay away from a bad woman! Don't even go near the door of her house. You will lose your self-respect and end up in debt to some cruel person for the rest of your life (Proverbs 5:7 - 9, Contemporary English Version).

Only someone with no sense would promise to be responsible for someone else's debts (Proverbs 17:18).

My son, don't make yourself responsible for the debts of others. Don't make such deals with friends or strangers. If you do, your words will trap you. You will be under the power of other people, so you must go and free yourself. Beg them to free you from that debt (Proverbs 6:1 - 3, Easy-to-read Version).

Be not one of those who strike hands, or of those who are sureties . . . If you have nothing to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you? (Proverbs 22:26 - 27).

World's Wit and Wisdom
Before borrowing money
from a friend, decide
which you need most.
American Proverb

The creditor hath a better
memory than the debtor.
James Howell, c. 1594 - 1666

You deserve to lose your coat if you loan it to someone to guarantee payment for the debt of a stranger (Proverbs 20:16, CEV).

Don't guarantee to pay someone else's debt. If you don't have the money, you might lose your bed (Proverbs 22:26 - 27, CEV).

You will be sorry if you promise to pay a stranger's debt. Refuse to make such promises and you will be safe (Proverbs 11:15, ETRV).

The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded (Proverbs 13:13, NASB).

My son, if you are surety for your friend, if you have struck your hands in a pledge with a stranger, you are snared with the words of your mouth, and you are caught with the words of your mouth - Then my son, do this now, and deliver yourself when you have come into the hand of your friend: Go, humble yourself and make your friend sure (Proverbs 6:1 - 3).

World's Wit and Wisdom
The second vice is
lying while the first is
running into debt.
Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).

It's poor judgment to guarantee another person's debt or put up security for a friend (Proverbs 17:18, New Living Translation, Second Edition).

Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger's debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners (Proverbs 27:13, NLT2).

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Proverbs by Topic!
Introduction
Adultery    -    Alcohol (Wine)    -    Anger
Blessings    -    Children    -    Correction
Debt    -    Envy    -    Fear of the Lord
Fools    -    God Hates    -    Good and Evil
Happiness    -    Health    -    Hope and Mercy
Judgment   -   Justice   -   Laziness   -   Mouth
Parents    -    Poverty    -    Pride
Trials    -    Trust & Faith    -    Truth and Lies
Virtuous Wife    -    Way of the Lord   -    Wealth
Wisdom    -    The Wise    -    Women


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