Proverbs 21:16
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New International Version
Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.

New Living Translation
The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.

English Standard Version
One who wanders from the way of good sense will rest in the assembly of the dead.

New American Standard Bible
A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.

King James Bible
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The man who strays from the way of wisdom will come to rest in the assembly of the departed spirits.

International Standard Version
Whoever wanders from the path of understanding will end up where the dead are gathered.

NET Bible
The one who wanders from the way of wisdom will end up in the company of the departed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A son of man that strays from the way of understanding will descend with the children of the Earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person who wanders from the way of wise behavior will rest in the assembly of the dead.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The man that wanders out of the way of wisdom shall end up in the congregation of the dead.

King James 2000 Bible
The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

American King James Version
The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

American Standard Version
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the assembly of the dead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man that shall wander out of the way of doctrine, shall abide in the company of the giants.

Darby Bible Translation
The man that wandereth out of the way of wisdom shall abide in the congregation of the dead.

English Revised Version
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall rest in the congregation of the dead.

Webster's Bible Translation
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

World English Bible
The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall rest in the assembly of the dead.

Young's Literal Translation
A man who is wandering from the way of understanding, In an assembly of Rephaim resteth.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:9. It is best to shun bitter contention by pouring out the heart before God. For by prudence and patience, with constant prayer, the cross may be removed. 10. The evil desires of a wicked man's heart, lead to baseness in his conduct. 11. The simple may be made wise by punishments on the wicked, and by instructions to those who are willing to be taught. 12. Good men envy not the prosperity of evil-doers; they see there is a curse on them. 13. Such as oppress the poor by beating down wages, such as will not relieve according to their ability those in distress, and those in authority who neglect to do justice, stop their ears at the cry of the poor. But doubtless care is to be used in the exercise of charity. 14. If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them? 15. There is true pleasure only in the practice of religion. 16. Of all wanderers in the ways of sin, those are in the most dangerous condition who turn aside into the ways of darkness. Yet there is hope even for them in the all-sufficient Saviour; but let them flee to him without delay. 17. A life of worldly pleasure brings ruin on men. 18. The righteous is often delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead, and so seems as a ransom for him. 19. Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of all relations. 20. The plenty obtained by prudence, industry, and frugality, is desirable. But the foolish misspend what they have upon their lusts. 21. True repentance and faith will lead him that relies on the mercy of God in Christ, to follow after righteousness and mercy in his own conduct. 22. Those that have wisdom, often do great things, even against those confident of their strength. 23. It is our great concern to keep our souls from being entangled and disquieted. 24. Pride and haughtiness make men passionate; such continually deal in wrath, as if it were their trade to be angry. 25,26. Here is the misery of the slothful; their hands refuse to labour in an honest calling, by which they might get an honest livelihood; yet their hearts cease not to covet riches, pleasures, and honours, which cannot be obtained without labour. But the righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. 27. When holiness is pretended, but wickedness intended, that especially is an abomination. 28. The doom of a false witness is certain. 29. A wicked man bids defiance to the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence. But a good man asks, What does God require of me? 30,31. Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. In our spiritual warfare we must arm ourselves with the whole armour of God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding. (For הַשְׂכֵּל, "understanding," see note on Proverbs 1:3.) He who forsakes the way of wisdom, the path of virtue, the religious life, and thus becomes in proverbial language "a fool," he shall remain (rest, dwell) in the congregation of the dead; in coetu gigantum commorabitur. "The dead" is, in the Hebrew, rephaim, for which see note on Proverbs 2:18. The denunciation means primarily that the sinner shall soon be with the shades of the dead, shall meet with a speedy death. Wordsworth considers that the writer is saying in bitter irony that the evil man shall rest as a guest at a banquet, shall lie down and be regaled, but it will be in the company of the dead. The contrast seems to lie between the wandering and the rest, and this rest is regarded as penal; so that one must needs see here an intimation of retribution after death; and setup, Proverbs 24:14, 20. The Fathers regarded the Rephaim, "the giants," as the descendants of the rebel angels, in accordance with their interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4. Thus St. Gregory writes ('Moral.' 17:30), quoting our passage, "For whosoever forsakes the way of righteousness, to whose number does he join himself, saving to the number of the proud spirits?"

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding,.... The way of getting understanding, the good ways and word of God; that wanders from the house of God, the assembly of the saints, where the Gospel is preached, and the ordinances are administered; that, instead of attending on them, where he might gain the understanding of divine and spiritual things, wanders about in the fields, gets into bad company, walks with them in their ways, and turns to his own, as a sheep that goes astray: he

shall remain in the congregation of the dead; among those that are spiritually dead, dead in trespasses and sins; such an one he himself is, and such he is like to continue, and not be written among the living in Jerusalem; or among those who die the second and eternal death, among the damned in hell; so Jarchi interprets it of the congregation of hell; and a large congregation that will be, but dreadful to have an abode with them. The words are rendered by the Septuagint, and the versions that follow that, "shall rest in the congregation of the giants"; which some interpret of devils, and others of the giants of the old world (b), damned spirits: resting with them does not design peace and quietness, for there will be none there; but a fixed settled abode, in opposition to wandering, in the preceding clause.

(b) See Mede's Discourse 7. p. 32.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. the way of understanding—(Compare Pr 12:26; 14:22).

remain—that is, rest as at a journey's end; death will be his unchanging home.

Proverbs 21:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
15The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is terror to the workers of iniquity. 16A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead. 17He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.…
Cross References
Psalm 49:14
They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.

Proverbs 2:13
who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,

Proverbs 11:19
Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.

Ezekiel 18:24
"But if a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live? None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die.
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The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

wandereth

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools …

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead …

Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have …

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have …

Hebrews 10:26,27,38 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

2 Peter 2:21,22 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

remain

Proverbs 2:18,19 For her house inclines to death, and her paths to the dead…

Proverbs 7:26,27 For she has cast down many wounded: yes, many strong men have been …

Proverbs 9:18 But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are …

Ephesians 2:1 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, …

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