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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Don’t Shake on It

(Pro 22:26 KJV) Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.

The literal meaning of the Hebrew is given by the KJV in “strike” (8628) “hands” (3709).  I guess it could be clap hands.  This could be where we get the idea that a deal is not finalized until we shake on it.  That really is a side issue though.  The core though here is to not get into co-signing a loan.  I would think that in an age of capitalism there might be some questions about buying stock or investing in new issues.  Venture capitalists would need to think seriously about how this applies to them.

This could be understood to not co-sign on a loan for your son’s car.  In addition to protecting you from loss, it might also be important because it would teach the young man responsibility.  It is probable that if he cannot qualify for a loan he does not need the car.

So?  Our financial commitments come under the title of holy living, just like everything else.

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