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The Judgement
The Abysmal repeated. If you are sincere, you have success in your heart, And whatever you do succeeds...

The Image
Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal repeated. Thus the superior man walks in lasting virtue And carries on the business of teaching.

The lines:
Six at the bottom means:
Repetition of the Abysmal.
In the abyss one falls into a pit.

() Nine in the second place means:
The abyss is dangerous.
One should strive to attain small things only.

Six in the third place means:
Forward and backward, abyss on abyss.
In danger like this, pause at first and wait,
Otherwise you will fall into a pit in the abyss.
Do not act in this way.

Six in the fourth place means:
A jug of wine, a bowl of rice with it;
Earthen vessels
Simply handed in through the window.
There is certainly no blame in this.

() Nine in the fifth place means:
The abyss is not filled to overflowing,
It is filled only to the rim.
No blame.

Six at the top means:
Bound with cords and ropes,
Shut in between thorn-hedged prison walls:
For three years one does not find the way.

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