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《訟 - Song》

English translation: James Legge [?] Library Resources
1 訟:
Xiang Zhuan:
(The trigram representing) heaven and (that representing) water, moving away from each other, form Song. The superior man, in accordance with this, in the transaction of affairs takes good counsel about his first steps.

2 訟:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He does not perpetuate the matter about which (the contention is):' - contention should not be prolonged. Although 'he may suffer the small (injury) of being spoken against,' his argument is clear.

3 訟:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He is unequal to the contention; he retires and keeps concealed, stealthily withdrawing from it:' - for him from his lower place to contend with (the stronger one) above, would be to (invite) calamity, as if he brought it with his hand to himself.

4 訟:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He confines himself to the support assigned to him of old:' - (thus) following those above him, he will have good fortune.

5 訟:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He returns to (the study of Heaven's) ordinances, changes (his wish to contend), and rests in being firm and correct:' - he does not fail (in doing what is right).

6 訟:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He contends; - and 'with great fortune: - this is shown by his holding the due mean and being in the correct place.

7 訟:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He receives the robe through his contention:' - but still be is not deserving of respect.

URN: ctp:book-of-changes/song2