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《井 - Jing》

English translation: James Legge [?] Library Resources
1 井:
Xiang Zhuan:
(The trigram representing) wood and above it that for water form Jing. The superior man, in accordance with this, comforts the people, and. stimulates them to mutual helpfulness.

2 井:
Xiang Zhuan:
'A well so muddy that men will not drink of it:' - this is indicated by the low position (of the line). 'An old well to which the birds do not come:' - it has been forsaken in the course of time.

3 井:
Xiang Zhuan:
'A well from which by a hole the water escapes, and flows away to the shrimps:' - (the subject of this second line has) none co-operating with him (above).

4 井:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The well has been cleared out, but is not used:' - (even) passers-by would be sorry for this. A prayer is made 'that the king were intelligent:' - for then blessing would be received.

5 井:
Xiang Zhuan:
'A well the lining of which is well laid. There will be no error:' - the well has been put in good repair.

6 井:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The waters from the cold spring are (freely) drunk:' - this is indicated by the central and correct position (of the line).

7 井:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The great good fortune' at the topmost place indicates the grand accomplishment (of the idea in the hexagram).

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