The Judment
Holding Together brings good fortune. Inquire of the oracle once again Whether you possess sublimity, constancy, and perseverance; Then there is no blame. Those who are uncertain gradually join. Whoever comes too late Meets with misfortune.

The Image
On the earth is water: The image of Holding Together. Thus the kings of antiquity Bestowed the different states as fiefs And cultivated friendly relations With the feudal lords.

The lines:
Six at the bottom means:
Hold to him in truth and loyalty;
This is without blame.
Truth, like a full earthen bowl:
Thus in the end
Good fortune comes from without.

Six in the second place means:
Hold to him inwardly.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

Six in the third place means:
You hold together with the wrong people.

Six in the fourth place means:
Hold to him outwardly also.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

() Nine in the fifth place means:
Manifestation of holding together.
In the hunt the king uses beaters on three sides only
And foregoes game that runs off in front.
The citizens need no warning.
Good fortune.

Six at the top means:
He finds no head for holding together.

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