The word “wisdom” is used 53 times in Proverbs. On 3 occasions you’ll see the word “sound” come before “wisdom”, ie. “sound wisdom”. Yesterday in Proverbs (Proverbs 2:7) we are told the God “lays up” sound wisdom for the righteous. So when I read in today’s verses and saw that it’s also used in Proverbs 3:21, I decided to dissect it a little bit.
What Is Sound Wisdom
The term “sound wisdom” means “understanding”, however it goes deeper to mean the evidence of that understanding. Sound wisdom is the fruit of wisdom, executed. It means to substantiate understanding with substance.
If Sound Wisdom Were Cookies
When I saw the term “sound wisdom” in Today’s Proverb (Proverbs 3:21), I recalled the same term from yesterday’s Proverb (Proverbs 2:7), where I looked up the term “Layed up” which had a sense of lurking in the shadows to keep something safe. I pictured the thingy on The Lord of The Rings holding his “precious” in his hands and hiding in a cave until I looked a little further into a couple other words.
So picture this! Let’s call cookies sound wisdom in this illustration. So yesterday we see God “laying up” sound wisdom while today we are asked to “keep” (means to protect with a military kind of diligence). So yesterday, imagine God putting (sound wisdom) a jar of cookies on top of the fridge as He looks around to make sure everything is safe. And today, imagine God has sat down with us at the kitchen table, opened the cookies and started sharing with us, giving us instruction.
When The 2nd Amendment Becomes Sound Wisdom
By now, in this post we know that sound wisdom is the outgrowth, the result, the by-product of wisdom. It is actual wisdom manifested. I like illustrations that better define a thought or make a point. Let’s take the gun laws of Kennesaw Georgia for example. It is notable that the crime rate in Kennesaw is lower than most places. The crime rate is the by-product.
I have no idea why Kennesaw came to mind as I write this, but there is some wisdom there that most folks don’t notice. See, folks who like guns will say it’s the presence of guns that keeps the crime rate down. And in a sense they are right. However to be completely fair, if guns don’t kill people (people do) then guns don’t save people either, people do.
My point here is that we like to take credit for Kennesaw being safer due to guns. But consider this… if a person can legally purchase a firearm, then that mean they were checked out and declared “law abiding”. Anytime you fill up a city with “law abiders” crime will be less. I submit that Kennesaw could change the law to say that you only need to keep your Georgia Carry License valid and that they no longer require the actual owning of a gun and crime would stay very low.
There might be some wisdom in a law for owning of a gun in the city limits, but there is “sound wisdom” in that guns or no guns, it is good law biding citizens not doing crime that keeps that crime rate down. Don’t get too awful excited here because I am still 110% 2nd Amendment supporter.