At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Ps. 16: 11)
“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.”Proverbs 21:16
“A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.”Proverbs 21:16 NKJV
“One who wanders from the way of good sense will rest in the assembly of the dead.”Proverbs 21:16 ESV
I have cited this proverb from three different translations. The overall thrust of the proverb is not hard to understand. The person who wanders off from the path of understanding is going to find himself a full member of the congregation of the dead. He who steps off the sidewalk of good sense is going to get hit by a truck, and he will remain at rest—but he will not be resting in peace.
The way of understanding is the way of life. To wander off from life is to wander into death. As Lady Wisdom says at the end of chapter 8, all who hate her love death. This explains why the secular and atheistic world today is little more than a death cult. This can be seen in their love of sterile sexuality, abortion, and trans-surgeries, and their hatred of teeming populations, productivity and innovation. Death cult about sums it up.
The judgment that falls on those who veer off from good sense is a severe judgment. This is indicated by the word for “dead” here. The word is rephaim or, put another way, giants. The allusion is the devastating judgment that fell on the antediluvian world, and which wiped out all their overweening ambitions.
Those who leave the path of understanding do so in the name of their own understanding. They head off into death, but they would not put it that way to themselves. Their end will be as final and as complete as a world full of drowned giants.