Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:No one needs to make "a covenant with death"; it naturally comes to all things. The most and least virtuous man ultimately meets with the same fate. It may take different forms and come at different times, but we each will face it alone.
~ King James version ~
A man is born gentle and weak.
At his death he is hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are withered and dry.
~ from Verse 76 of the Tao Te Ching ~
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