Proverbs 21:16
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.

Berean Study Bible
The man who strays from the path of understanding 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.

Christian Standard Bible
The person who strays from the way of prudence will come to rest in the assembly of the departed spirits.

Contemporary English Version
If you stop using good sense, you will find yourself in the grave.

Good News Translation
Death is waiting for anyone who wanders away from good sense.

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.

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

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The man that strayeth out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the congregation of the shades.

New American Standard 1977
A man who wanders from the way of understanding 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A man that wanders out of the way of righteousness, shall rest in the congregation of giants.

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.
Study Bible
The King's Heart
15Justice executed is a joy to the righteous, but a terror to the workers of iniquity. 16The man who strays from the path of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead. 17He who loves pleasure will become poor; the one who loves wine and oil will never become rich.…
Cross References
Psalm 49:14
Like sheep they are destined for Sheol. Death will be their shepherd. The upright will rule them in the morning, and their form will decay in Sheol, far from their lofty abode.

Proverbs 2:13
from those who leave the straight paths to walk in the ways of darkness,

Proverbs 11:19
Genuine righteousness leads to life, but the pursuit of evil brings death.

Ezekiel 18:24
But when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, committing the same abominations as the wicked, will he live? None of the righteous acts he did will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness and sin he has committed, he will die.

Treasury of Scripture

The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

wandereth

Proverbs 13:20
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Psalm 125:5
As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.

Zephaniah 1:6
And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired for him.

remain

Proverbs 2:18,19
For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead…

Proverbs 7:26,27
For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her…

Proverbs 9:18
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.







Lexicon
The man
אָדָ֗ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

who strays
תּ֭וֹעֶה (tō·w·‘eh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8582: To vacillate, reel, stray

from the path
מִדֶּ֣רֶךְ (mid·de·reḵ)
Preposition-m | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

of understanding
הַשְׂכֵּ֑ל (haś·kêl)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

will rest
יָנֽוּחַ׃ (yā·nū·aḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5117: To rest, settle down

in the assembly
בִּקְהַ֖ל (biq·hal)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6951: Assembly, convocation, congregation

of the dead.
רְפָאִ֣ים (rə·p̄ā·’îm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7496: Shades, ghosts
(16) Shall remain in the congregation of the dead.--Described in Isaiah 14:9; he shall not take part in the resurrection of Isaiah 26:19. A prophecy of retribution after death.

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?" 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.
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