Even beautiful weapons

And elegant soldiers

Are tools of misfortune

Beings are likely to loathe them

Therefore, The Taoist

Does not dwell with them

The Sage ruler

Honours the left at home

Favours the right in war

Weapons and soldiers

Are tools of misfortune

When you cannot avoid using them

Detached tranquillity makes for the best policy

Though you may outdo your opponent

Do not delight in it

For those who delight in this

Delight in slaying others

And those who delight in slaying others

Will never be able to obtain

Their wishes in the world

Occurrences of fortune

Honour the left

Occurrences of sorrow

Favour the right

The second in command

Occupies the left

The supreme commander

Occupies the right

As in a funeral ceremony

Kill many men

And you will grieve, weep,

And suffer accordingly

Thus, a military victory

Is to be treated

As a funeral ceremony


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