And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.Not surprisingly, I like Lao Tzu's phraseology better than Matthew's. Matthew makes his point coming from one direction, while the Taoist sage encircles the point. Truth be known, each of us plays both roles, slipping seamlessly between the teacher/physician and the student/sick.
~ King James version ~
What is a good man?
A teacher of a bad man.
What is a bad man?
A good man's charge.
~ from Verse 27 of the Tao Te Ching ~
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