New American Standard Bible
Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.
King James Bible
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
Darby Bible Translation
Take his garment that is become surety for another, and hold him in pledge for strangers.
World English Bible
Take the garment of one who puts up collateral for a stranger; and hold him in pledge for a wayward woman.
Young's Literal Translation
Take his garment when a stranger hath been surety, And for strangers pledge it.
Proverbs 20:16 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The warning against suretiship and lust are here repeated and combined (compare Proverbs 27:13). The judge tells the creditor to seize the goods of the surety who has been weak enough to pledge himself for those who are alien to him, instead of those of the actual debtor. The reading of the the King James Version recalls in the second clause the history of Tamar Genesis 38:17-18. The Hebrew text, however, gives "strangers" in the masculine plural, and is probably right, the feminine being the reading of the margin, probably adopted from Proverbs 27:13.
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