||When a reconciliation is effected (between two parties) after a
great animosity, there is sure to be a grudge remaining
(in the mind
of the one who was wrong). And how can this be beneficial
||When a great hatred is reconciled, naturally some hatred will remain. How can
this be made good?
||When reconciling great hatred there will some remain. How can it be made good?
Therefore (to guard against this), the sage keeps the left-hand portion of the
record of the engagement, and does not insist on
(speedy) fulfilment of it by the other party. (So), he who has the attributes
(of the Dao) regards (only) the conditions of the engagement, while he who
has not those attributes regards only the conditions favourable to himself.
Therefore the sage keeps the obligations of his contract and exacts not from
others. Those who have virtue attend to their obligations;
those who have no virtue attend to their claims.
Therefore the wise man accepts the debit side of the account and does not have
to enforce payment from others. They who have virtue
(de [teh]) keep their obligations, they who have no virtue
insist on their rights.