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《噬嗑 - Shi He》

English translation: James Legge [?] Library Resources
1 噬嗑:
Xiang Zhuan:
(The trigrams representing) thunder and lightning form Shi He. The ancient kings, in accordance with this, framed their penalties with intelligence, and promulgated their laws.

2 噬嗑:
Xiang Zhuan:
'His feet are in the stocks, and he is deprived of his toes:' - there is no walking (to do evil).

3 噬嗑:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He bites through the soft flesh, and (goes on) to bite off the nose:' - (the subject of the line) is mounted on the strong (first line).

4 噬嗑:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He meets with what is disagreeable and hurtful:' - his position is not the proper one for him.

5 噬嗑:
Xiang Zhuan:
'It will be advantageous to him to realise the difficulty of his task and be firm, in which case there will be good fortune:' - his light has not yet been sufficiently displayed.

6 噬嗑:
Xiang Zhuan:
'Let him be firm and correct, realising the peril (of his position), and there will be no error:' - he will possess every quality appropriate (to his position and task).

7 噬嗑:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He wears the cangue and is deprived of his ears:' - he hears, but will not understand.

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