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Ch. 79 Sentence 1
Beck Compromising with great hatred surely leaves some hatred. How can this be considered good?
Blackney How can you think it is good To settle a grievance too great To ignore, when the settlement Surely evokes other piques?
Bynner If terms to end a quarrel leave bad feeling, What good are they?
Byrn Difficulties remain, even after solving a problem. How then can we consider that as good?
Chan To patch up great hatred is surely to leave some hatred behind. How can this be regarded as good?
Cleary When you harmonize bitter enemies, yet resentment is sure to linger, how can this be called good?
Crowley When enemies are reconciled, there is always an aftermath of ill will. How can this be useful?
Hansen Settling a massive resentment Necessarily some resentment will be left-over. How can such be deemed as worth?
LaFargue "When great hostilities are smoothed over there is always some hostility left." How could this be considered good?
Legge When a reconciliation is effected (between two parties) after a great animosity, there is sure to be a grudge remaining (in the mind of the one who was wrong). And how can this be beneficial (to the other)?
Lindauer Harmonize great resentment Seed the presence of a surplus of resentment How can valuing actions happen peacefully?
LinYutan Patching up a great hatred is sure to leave some hatred behind. How can this be regarded as satisfactory?
Mabry When enemies are reconciled, some resentment invariably remains. How can this be healed?
McDonald To allay the main discontent, but in a way that begets further discontents, can hardly be top successful. And to patch up great hatred is sure to leave some hatred behind; how can this be regarded as satisfactory?
Merel When conflict is reconciled, some hard feelings remain; This is dangerous.
Mitchell If you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame.
Muller After calming great anger There are always resentments left over. How can this be considered as goodness?
Red Pine In resolving a great dispute a dispute is sure to remain how can this be good
Ta-Kao Return love for great hatred. Otherwise, when a great hatred is reconciled, some of it will surely remain. How can this end in goodness?
Walker In the reconciling of resentments, ill will often lingers. What's the good in that?
Wieger When the principle of a dispute has been settled (some accessory grievances) always remain, and things do not return to the state they were in before, (bruises remain).
World Conflict almost always leaves some resentment regardless of the nature of a peaceful resolution. How does one achieve peace and harmony?
Wu When a great wound is healed, There will still remain a scar. Can this be a desirable state of affairs?

Ch. 79 Sentence 2
Beck Therefore the wise keep their part of an agreement and do not blame the other party.
Blackney The Wise Man therefore will select The left-hand part of contract tallies: He will not put the debt on other men.
Bynner So a sensible man takes the poor end of the bargain Without quibbling.
Byrn Therefore the Master does what she knows is right, and makes no demands of others.
Chan Therefore the sage keeps the left-hand portion (obligation) of a contract And does not blame the other party.
Cleary Therefore sages keep their faith and do not pressure others.
Crowley Therefore the Wise Man, while he keeps his part of the record of a transaction, does not insist on its prompt execution.
Hansen Using this: Sages grasp the left side of the agreement. And don't demand from others.
LaFargue And so the Wise Person: "Keeps hold of the left-hand contract tally, and doesn't make demands on others."
Legge Therefore (to guard against this), the sage keeps the left-hand portion of the record of the engagement, and does not insist on the (speedy) fulfilment of it by the other party.
Lindauer Appropriately it happens that sages Take hold of the left of a contract Yet lack censure in relating to men.
LinYutan Therefore the Sage holds the left tally, And does not put the guilt on the other party.
Mabry Therefore the Sage makes good on his half of the deal // And demands nothing of others.
McDonald So the wise man keeps the obligation of a contract and refrains from blaming the other party. He stays where he is and does not go round making claims on people.
Merel The sage accepts less than is due And does not blame or punish;
Mitchell Failure is an opportunity.
Muller Therefore the sage keeps her part of the deal And doesn't check up on the other person.
Red Pine thus the sage holds the left marker he makes no claim on others
Ta-Kao Therefore the Sage holds to the left half of an agreement but does not exact what the other holder ought to do.
Walker The person who is truly good concerns herself always with what she owes others, never with what they owe her.
Wieger (Therefore the Sage never questions it, despite his right). Keeping his half of the agreement, he does not exact the execution (of what is written).
World The sage fulfills her commitments but does not demand others to fulfill theirs. Those who are confused demand others to fulfill their commitments but are unconcerned with fulfilling their own.
Wu Therefore, the Sage, holding the left-hand tally, Performs his part of the covenant, But lays no claim upon others.

Ch. 79 Sentence 3
Beck The good fulfill their obligations; the bad exact obligations from others.
Blackney This virtuous man promotes agreement; The vicious man allots the blame.
Bynner It is sensible to make terms, Foolish to be a stickler:
Byrn A virtuous person will do the right thing, and persons with no virtue will take advantage of others.
Chan Virtuous people attend to their left-hand portions, While those without virtue attend to other people's mistakes.
Cleary So the virtuous see to their promises, while the virtueless look after precedents.
Crowley He who has the De considers the situation from all sides, while he who has it not seeks only to benefit himself.
Hansen Have virtuosity in supervising agreements. Lack virtuosity in supervising taxation. The natural guide has no kin.
LaFargue One who has Te is concerned with fulfilling his contract one who does not have Te concerns himself with collecting his due.
Legge (So), he who has the attributes (of the Tao) regards (only) the conditions of the engagement, while he who has not those attributes regards only the conditions favourable to himself.
Lindauer Presence of ideal controls the agreement Absence of ideal controls its resolution.
LinYutan The virtuous man is for patching up; The vicious is for fixing guilt.
Mabry One who is truly good will keep to his promise. One who is not good will take what he can.
McDonald Therefore good people attend to their obligations, while those without virtue attend to other people's mistakes.
Merel For harmony seeks agreement Where justice seeks payment.
Muller Thus virtuous officials keep their promise And the crooked ones break it.
Red Pine thus the virtuous oversee markers the virtueless oversee taxes
Ta-Kao The virtuous resort to agreement; The virtueless resort to exaction.
Wieger He who knows how to conduct himself after the Virtue of the Principle, lets his written agreements sleep. He who does not know how to conduct himself thus, exacts his due.
World Infinity is indifferent. It is at one with all people.
Wu The virtuous attends to his duties; The virtueless knows only how to levy duties upon the people.

Ch. 79 Sentence 4
Beck The Way of heaven is impartial. It always stays with the good.
Blackney "Impartial though the Way of God may be, It always favours good men."
Bynner Though heaven prefer no man, A sensible man prefers heaven.
Byrn The Tao does not choose sides, the good person receives from the Tao because she is on its side.
Chan "The Way of Heaven has not favourites. It is always with the good man."
Cleary The Way of heaven is impersonal; it is always with good people.
Crowley In the Dao of Heaven, there is no distinction of persons in its love; but it is for the True Man to claim it.
Hansen The natural guide has no kin. It constants being with worthy people.
LaFargue Heaven's Way: Not to have personal favourites, but to be invariably good to all.
Legge In the Way of Heaven, there is no partiality of love; it is always on the side of the good man.
Lindauer The tao of heaven is absent of favorites It is entirely with the valuing man.
LinYutan But "the way of Heaven is impartial; It sides only with the good man."
Mabry Heaven doesn't choose sides It is always with the good people.
McDonald The way of heaven is impartial. It's always with the good man, without distinction of persons, to keep the good firmly supplied.''
Merel The ancients said: "Nature is impartial; Therefore it serves those who serve all."
Mitchell Therefore the Master fulfills her own obligations and corrects her own mistakes. She does what she needs to do and demands nothing of others.
Muller The Heavenly Tao has no favourites: It raises up the Good.
Red Pine the Way of Heaven favours no one but always helps the good
Ta-Kao The Tao of heaven shows no partiality; It abides always with good men.
Walker The Tao of heaven is impartial. If you perpetuate it, it perpetuates you.
Wieger Heaven is impartial. (If it were capable of some partiality), it would give advantage to good people, (those who act as in C. It would overwhelm them, because they ask for nothing).
World Infinity is indifferent. It is at one with all people.
Wu The Way of Heaven has no private affections, But always accords with the good.