Another form of 善 given in Shuowen is 譱. According to Shuowen, it is an ideogrammic compound (會意): 誩(“to wrangle”) + 羊(“sheep”) – good; virtuous. This interpretation may be difficult to comprehend.
The bronze inscription of 善 (OC *ɡjenʔ) consisted of two 言 (OC *ŋan) and one 羊. The 言 (OC *ŋan) might have served as the phonetic component, while 羊 represented the sense "good; beautiful". The small seal script of 善 was simplified from the bronze inscription form, consisting of one 言 below one 羊.