An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

“Trust but Verify”

(Proverbs 27:13 KJV)  Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

This verse is identical to Proverbs 20:16.  Remember that “surety” (6148) involves guaranteeing someone’s loan. 

As I was looking into this I came across a statement by Adam Clarke that I will submit as a comment today.
“I suppose the meaning to be, If a stranger or unknown person become surety in a case, greater caution should be used, and such security taken from this stranger as would prevent him from running away from his engagements.”
So?  Be extra cautious when you don’t know someone.  Trust should be a cautious investment not a rash expenditure. 

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