Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Confucius ... struggling with humility.

"The Master said, '... When you have offended against Heaven, there is nowhere you can turn to in your prayers.'" - Analects, Book III.13

The Bible gives us something different:

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." - Psalm 51:17

or

"'This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.'" Isaiah 66:2

To which Confucius replies:

"The Master said, 'Quietly to store up knowledge in my mind, to learn without flagging, to teach without growing weary, these present me with no difficulties'" - Analects, Book VII.2

But maybe I missed something in translation ...

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