I. COSIGNING (SURETY/STRIKING HANDS)
A. COSIGNING DISCOURAGED
A man lacking in sense pledges, and becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor (Proverbs 17:18).
Take the garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; and for foreigners, hold him in pledge (Proverbs 20:16).
Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger and for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge (Proverbs 27:13).
B. COSIGNING DANGEROUS
He who is surety for a stranger will suffer for it, but he who hates going surety is safe (Proverbs 11:15).
Do not be among those who give pledges, among those who become sureties for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you? (Proverbs 22:26-27).
C. COSIGNING DELIVERANCE
My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, have given a pledge for a stranger, if you have been snared with the words of your mouth, have been caught with the words of your mouth, do this then, my son, and deliver yourself since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor. Do not give sleep to your eyes, not slumber to your eyelids; deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler (Proverbs 6:1-5).