Monday, August 27, 2012

Line by Line - Verse 81, Line 9

the more that he gives to others, the more does he have himself.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~

The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~

The more they give to others, the more they gain
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~

so they always have more to give.
They give away whatever they have, so what they have is worth more.

~ Ron Hogan rendition, from, 2004 ~
Again, let's turn to John Lash to sum up the essence of this line.
The closer that you come to Oneness with all things, the closer I come to such Oneness.
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