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Proverbs 21:16

    Proverbs 21:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The wanderer from the way of knowledge will have his resting-place among the shades.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 21:16

    The man once enlightened, that wandereth out of the way of understanding, in which he had walked, shall remain - have a permanent residence - in the congregation of the dead; רפאים rephaim, the lost; either separate spirits in general, or rather the assembly of separate spirits, which had fallen from primitive rectitude; and shall not be restored to the Divine favor; particularly those sinners who were destroyed by the deluge. This passage intimates that those called rephaim are in a state of conscious existence. It is difficult to assign the true meaning of the word in several places where it occurs: but it seems to mean the state of separate spirits, i.e., of those separated from their bodies, and awaiting the judgment of the great day: but the congregation may also include the fallen angels. My old MS. Bible translates, The man that errith fro the wei of doctrine, in the felowschip of geantis schal wonnen.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 21:16

    congregation of the dead - The Rephaim (compare the Proverbs 2:18 note).

    Remain - i. e., "He shall find a resting place, but it shall be in Hades."

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 21:16

    21:16 Shall remain - Shall, without repentance, be condemned to eternal death.