The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 42.

42

The process begets the singularity.
The singularity begets duality.
Duality begets the threefold.
The threefold begets everything.
Everything is burdened by suffering, yet clings to strength.
Vitality is strengthened by the harmonization of the two.
People hate it
When they see the impoverishment of the impoverished,
Yet the rulers claim to serve the people.
Therefore, what seems destructive may be beneficial
And what seems beneficial may be destructive.
This is what the people say,
And I say the same.
Therefore, the man who seeks power
Will come to a bad end.
I will take this as my essential teaching.

道生一,一生二,二生三,三生萬物。萬物負陰而抱陽,沖氣以為和。人之所惡,唯孤、寡、不穀,而王公以為稱。故物或損之而益,或益之而損。人之所教,我亦教之。強梁者不得其死,吾將以為教父。

 

Literal rendering:

1 method births single
2 single births double
3 double births triple
4 triple births 10,000 things
5 10,000 things bear dark on back, yet hold light in arms
6 strong vital breath by be harmony

7 people it actually hate
8 yes lonely
9 widowed
10 not grain
11 yet king public use be suitable

12 reason thing maybe damage maybe it yet increase
13 maybe increase it yet damage
14 people it actually teach
15 I myself also teach it

16 strength beam person not get their die
17 I will use be teach father.

 

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