Courage in daring leads to death.
Courage in not-daring leads to life.
Of physical and moral courage,
one is beneficial, and the other is harmful.
Who knows why Heaven hates what it does?

The Way of Heaven is
to win without competing,
to convince without speaking,
to organize without commanding,
to implement with ease.

The net of Heaven is wide;
though sparse, it misses nothing.


chapter notes:

Overall, this chapter is a fairly literal translation. However, the sense of the second verse is somewhat warped by its new context.