Themes in Proverbs: Folly Brings Death

Proverbs 21:16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.

So many are wandering. They have no purpose or goal. Our verse tells us that of those we see wandering in this life, some were on the right path to begin with! They were on the “way of understanding,” but something happened. That something could be anything; a death, boredom, pride. Whatever it was that caused that person to wander away from this way of truth, this way of life, will find themselves surrounded. Those that wander will find themselves in the midst of a gathering, alone no more. This assembly is one of death, both physically and spiritually.

We could at this point admonish the wanders, tell them to come back to the way of understanding. We also might say that this verse is a great reminder to keep watch for our brothers and sisters. For those who wander never find anything better, they have left the best!