The Tao Te Ching 



This section compares the Tao Te cing and the Gospel. I employed Feng-English version of the Tao Te Ching as the standard text, simply because assuming this is the most popular version of the text. Gospel's version is mostly the New King James Version.

Two
Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.

Therefore having and not having arise together.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short contrast each other:
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow one another.

Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease,
Creating, yet not.
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.


Our phenomenal world is relative. Our self-expansive movements make some mistakes attaching to the phenomena. The Sacred Man separates himself from them and act without attachment adjusting him to the organic energy towards the unconscious. 

Three
Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling.
Not collecting treasures prevents stealing.
Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart.

The wise therefore rule by emptying hearts and stuffing bellies, by weakening ambitions and strengthening bones.
If men lack knowledge and desire, then clever people will not try to interfere.
If nothing is done, then all will be well.

This chapter represents three directions towards the self-conscious. Exalting the gifted (intellect) belongs to the male. Collecting the treasure belongs to the female. Seeing the desirable things belongs to the center.

Four
The Tao is an empty vessel; it is used, but never filled.
Oh, unfathomable source of ten thousand things!

Blunt the sharpness,
Untangle the knot,
Soften the glare,
Merge with dust.
Oh, hidden deep but ever present!
I do not know from whence it comes.
It is the forefather of the gods.

13:31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 "which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches." 13:33 Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."3:33 TEV13:33 Jesus told them still another parable: "The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A woman takes some yeast and mixes it with a bushel of flour until the whole batch of dough rises."

The state of being never filled is nearly equivalent to growing great. This chapter also indicate two self-conscious directions (blunt the sharpness, soften the glare; male, untangle the knot; female) and the unconscious direction(merge with dust).
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Five
Heaven and Earth are impartial;
They see the ten thousand things as straw dogs.
The wise are impartial;
They see the people as straw dogs.

The space between heaven and Earth is like a bellows.
The shape changes but not the form;
The more it moves, the more it yields.
More words count less.
Hold fast to the center.

Matthew 5:45 "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
5:45 so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil.

This chapter resembles Hegel's notion of the cunning of Reason. The Reason as God takes advantage of men and abandons them after using them to actualize Reason's self-purpose. Both the Tao Te Ching and the Gospel depict the impartial of the Ultimate. The Gospel describes it more mercifully. 

Seven
Heaven and Earth last forever.
Why do heaven and Earth last forever?
They are unborn,
So ever living.
The sage stays behind, thus he is ahead.
He is detached, thus at one with all.
Through selfless action, he attains fulfillment.

The paradox of ahead and behind has a clear equivalency as follows.
NKJ Luke13:30 "And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last."
Matthew 19:30 "But many who are first will be last, and the last first. 
The paradox of detachment and attachment has also a equivalency.
16:25 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. TEV16:25 For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it.
19:29 "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.

Eight
The highest good is like water.
Water give life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.

In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In daily life, be competent.
In action, be aware of the time and the season.

No fight: No blame.

11:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Ten
Carrying body and soul and embracing the one,
Can you avoid separation?
Attending fully and becoming supple,
Can you be as a newborn babe?
Washing and cleansing the primal vision,
Can you be without stain?
Loving all men and ruling the country,
Can you be without cleverness?
Opening and closing the gates of heaven,
Can you play the role of woman?
Understanding and being open to all things,
Are you able to do nothing?
Giving birth and nourishing,
Bearing yet not possessing,
Working yet not taking credit,
Leading yet not dominating,
This is the Primal Virtue.

Mark13:33 "Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
13:35 "Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming-in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning-

Carrying the body and soul is often heavy and uneasy for us. And yet we must keep holding the ultimate one. How can we avoid the separation from the one? We can keep it by attaining the Primal Virtue, the ability to do any action without attachment. However, once we are involved in the desire towards phenomenal world, our minds fall into sleep. Therefore, the Gospel asks us not to sleep yourself but watch out. When our life's energy strongly comes, and our minds are not awake and loosened, we are attached to the phenomenal world.

Twelve
The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavors dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Precious things lead one astray.

Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees.
He lets go of that and chooses this.

5:29 "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
5:30 "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Thirteen
Accept disgrace willingly.
Accept misfortune as the human condition.

What do you mean by "Accept disgrace willingly"?
Accept being unimportant.
Do not be concerned with loss or gain.
This is called "accepting disgrace willingly."

What do you mean by "Accept misfortune as the human condition"?
Misfortune comes from having a body.
Without a body, how could there be misfortune?

Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things.
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.

6:25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Fourteen
Look, it cannot be seen - it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held - it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.

From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
The form of the formless,
The image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.

Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the ancient Tao,
Move with the present.

Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

13:13 "Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 "And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.' 16 "But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 "for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

We cannot understand the structure of mind directly as we see things, but understand only through a metaphorical system. In this case, The Tao Te Ching is rather affirmative, but the Gospel is very selective.

Eighteen
When the great Tao is forgotten,
Kindness and morality arise.
When wisdom and intelligence are born,
The great pretense begins.

When there is no peace within the family,
Filial piety and devotion arise.
When the country is confused and in chaos,
Loyal ministers appear.

John1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

In the first temporal zone, one must obey commandments. Once one enters the third temporal zone, one can live with the Tao.

Nineteen
Give up sainthood, renounce wisdom,
And it will be a hundred times better for everyone.
Give up kindness, renounce morality,
And men will rediscover filial piety and love.
Give up ingenuity, renounce profit,
And bandits and thieves will disappear.
These three are outward forms alone; they are not sufficient in themselves.
It is more important
To see the simplicity,
To realize one's true nature,
To cast off selfishness
And temper desire.

19. C.Hansen
Terminate 'sageliness', junk 'wisdom'
the people will benefit a hundred-fold.
Terminate 'humanity', junk 'morality'
the people will respond with 'filiality' and 'affection.'
Terminate 'artistry', junk 'benefit'
thieves and robbers will lack 'existence'.
These three
taken as slogans are insufficient.
Hence, leads us to postulate that to which they belong.
Visualize simplicity and embrace uncarved wood.
Downgrade 'selfishness' and diminish 'desire.'
Terminate learning and you will lack irritation.
(Other translations of the line third from the bottom)
Look for what is simple and hold onto the Uncarved Block.(McCarroll)
reveal simplicity; embrace the natural;(S.Beck96)

If we interpret the verb embrace (which is the closest to the original Chinese character) to another word, we lose sight of the hidden correspondent relation with other sections' similar expressions such as embracing the one (10,22). The line originally was written as embracing the uncarved wood. Some translations again interpret the uncarved wood to something else. This line together with the next line tells how to integrate the mind. Embracing here is to hold steadfast, similar to believing in. It is support the function of the ground of being and love it so that our minds may not be shaken. Interpretation within the translation and omitting the original words often make us lose sight of the truth.

Twenty
Give up learning, and put an end to your troubles.

Is there a difference between yes and no?
Is there a difference between good and evil?

5:37 "But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Twenty-two
Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight;
Empty and be full;
Wear out and be new;
Have little and gain;
Have much and be confused.

Therefore the wise embrace the one
And set an example to all.
Not putting on a display,
They shine forth.
Not justifying themselves,
They are distinguished.
Not boasting,
They receive recognition.
Not bragging,
They never falter.
They do not quarrel,
So no one quarrels with them.
Therefore the ancients say, "Yield and overcome."
Is that an empty saying?
Be really whole,
And all things will come to you.
Ten
Carrying body and soul and embracing the one,
Can you avoid separation?
Attending fully and becoming supple,
Can you be as a newborn babe?
22:36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 "This is the first and great commandment. 39 "And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
In the chapter 22 and 10, the phrase embracing the one appears. Embracing the one means to hold steadfast the Tao and maintain the well functioning state of the Tao. Such a state means to strengthen the bondage between the ego and the Self. In order to keep such a state, the ego has to understand the radical movement of the psyche well and to support firmly the Self so that it can function better. Without betraying the Self, trying to obey the commandments of the Self, while keeping the state of uncarved wood, it is to love the Self with detached love, the intention of letting the life well functioning. Then it is to expand this intention to surrounding beings. It is therefore to establish the reliable relationship of detachment with both the Self and others.
To love god and embracing the one is the different expression of the same motivation. All the prophets and laws depend on this motivation. We can focus the invisible direction of this motivation through, if only, knowing the radical movement of the Psyche. 
The real attraction of religious training is that not only becoming able to use the prophetic wisdom of the unconscious but also being able to invite freely the soft energy of the unconscious giving you a feeling that the weight of your body is much lighter than usual. Therefore, in Matthew 19:29 "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. The love of detachment asks to abandon everything.
We can notice the significant meaning of the verb, embrace more clearly only if we compare the Tao Te Ching with the Gospel. It is to invite the integrated body through the motivation of divine love. Similar expression is holding on to the quietude and the uncarved block. 16(T.Byrn)hold firm to the basis of quietude 16(S.Beck)Maintain a steady serenity 32 (S.Beck) The Way is absolute and undefined. Like natural uncarved wood in simplicity, yet none in the world can overcome it. If leaders would hold to it, 32(T.Byrn) Good kings and barons can keep such unspoiled, inborn nature.

Thirty-three
Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self needs strength.

He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of willpower.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.

5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
5:3 "Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; /the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

Thirty-four
The great Tao flows everywhere, both to the left and to the right.
The ten thousand things depend upon it; it holds nothing back.
It fulfills its purpose silently and makes no claim.

It nourishes the ten thousand things,
And yet is not their lord.
It has no aim; it is very small.

The ten thousand things return to it,
Yet it is not their lord.
It is very great.

It does not show greatness,
And is therefore truly great.

John1:9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

Thirty-five
All men will come to him who keeps to the one,
For there lie rest and happiness and peace.

Passersby may stop for music and good food,
But a description of the Tao
Seems without substance or flavor.
It cannot be seen, it cannot be heard,
And yet it cannot be exhausted.

35 McCarroll
Hold on to the Great Image
and all under heaven will approach you.
Coming to you and not being harmed,
they will find rest, peace, and security.
A passing guest will pause at the sound of music
and the smell of fancy food.
By comparison the Tao is mild and flavorless.
It is not solid enough to be seen,
nor loud enough to be heard.
Yet, it lasts forever.

To the first stanza: 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Great Image is the Word becoming flesh. 

To the middle section: Matthew 13:12 "For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 
13 "Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 "And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.'
13:12 "For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

To the last stanza: John1:16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

Thirty-six
Fish cannot leave deep waters,
And a country's weapons should not be displayed.

(McCarroll)
Fish are best left in deep waters.
And, weapons are best kept out of sight.

Matthew 7:6 "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

The truth should be given only to the one who genuinely wishes to hold it. Yet he must grasp it by himself. You should not help him lightly. Fish and weapon are the metaphors of truth in different ways.

Thirty-seven
Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
If kings and lords observed this,
The ten thousand things would develop naturally.
If they still desired to act,
They would return to the simplicity of formless substance.
Without for there is no desire.
Without desire there is.
And in this way all things would be at peace.
37 McCarroll
The Tao never strives, yet nothing is left undone.
If leaders were able to adhere to it, the ten thousand things would develop
of their own accord.
If after they have developed, they experience desires to strive,
they can bury those desires under the nameless Uncarved Block.
The nameless Uncarved Block can protect against desire.
When desires are restrained there will be peace,
and then all under heaven will be at rest.

18:3 and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.11:25 
11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.

The chapter 37 is the last section of the first book Tao. Here is a kind of conclusion. It is to govern the under heaven with the nameless uncarved wood. Under heaven is in reality our mind. Therefore, it is to control our mind. Using the nameless uncarved wood in order to govern our mind means casting desire and returning to simplicity and humbleness.

Thirty-eight
A truly good man is not aware of his goodness, And is therefore good.
A foolish man tries to be good, And is therefore not good.
A truly good man does nothing, Yet leaves nothing undone.
A foolish man is always doing, Yet much remains to be done.

When a truly kind man does something, he leaves nothing undone.
When a just man does something, he leaves a great deal to be done.
When a disciplinarian does something and no one responds,
He rolls up his sleeves in an attempt to enforce order.

Therefore when Tao is lost, there is goodness.
When goodness is lost, there is kindness.
When kindness is lost, there is justice.
When justice is lost, there ritual.
Now ritual is the husk of faith and loyalty, the beginning of confusion.
Knowledge of the future is only a flowery trapping of Tao.
It is the beginning of folly.

Therefore the truly great man dwells on what is real and not what is on the surface,
On the fruit and not the flower.
Therefore accept the one and reject the other.

Matthew 6:5 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

Forty-seven
Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus the sage knows without traveling;
He sees without looking;
He works without doing.

Luke 17:20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 "nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you."

One seeks after truth outside oneself. One can find truth within oneself.

What is firmly established cannot be uprooted.
What is firmly grasped cannot slip away.
It will be honored from generation to generation.
Cultivate Virtue in your self, And Virtue will be real.
Cultivate it in the family, And Virtue will abound.
Cultivate it in the village, And Virtue will grow.
Cultivate it in the nation, And Virtue will be abundant.
Cultivate it in the universe, And Virtue will be everywhere.
Therefore look at the body as body;
Look at the family as family; Look at the village as village;
Look at the nation as nation; Look at the universe as universe.
How do I know the universe is like this? By looking!
(McCarroll)
How do I know that the world is like this?
Because of what is within me.
7:24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

Fifty-seven
Rule a nation with justice. Wage war with surprise moves.
Become master of the universe without striving.
How do I know that this is so? Because of this!
The more laws and restrictions there are, The poorer people become. The sharper men's weapons, The more trouble in the land. The more ingenious and clever men are, The more strange things happen. The more rules and regulations, The more thieves and robbers.
Therefore the sage says:
I take no action and people are reformed. I enjoy peace and people become honest. I do nothing and people become rich. I have no desires and people return to the good and simple life.

23:4 "For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
23:14 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

Sixty-two
Tao is source of the ten thousand things.
It is the treasure of the good man, and the refuge of the bad.
Sweet words can buy honor;
Good deeds can gain respect.
If a man is bad, do not abandon him.
Therefore on the day the emperor is crowned,
Or the three officers of state installed,
Do not send a gift of jade and a team of four horses,
But remain still and offer the Tao.
Why does everyone like the Tao so much at first?
Isn't it because you find what you seek and are forgiven when you sin?
Therefore this is the greatest treasure of the universe.
5:45 "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
9:6 "But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"-then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." 7 And he arose and departed to his house. 8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

The Tao is always impartial. It functions well for those which get on the right track of the Tao. As long as it they get on the track, even if they make sweet words, they will work. Unless they hinder the ontological function of the Tao, they can survive. The moment when the Tao does not function well is rather the time when a genuine mind gets self-consciously miss-oriented. At such an occasion, as it hinders the function of the Tao, the mind falls into the ontological evil. Once the mind can recover from the miss-orientation, the mind can evade from the sin avoiding the paralytic state of mind. The emergence of Jesus on the earth is the recovery of the function of the Tao through the forgiveness of the sin.

Sixty-five
In the beginning those who knew the Tao did not try to enlighten others,
But kept it hidden.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.

Seventy-seven
The Tao of heaven is like the bending of a bow.
The high is lowered, and the low is raised.
If the string is too long, it is shortened;
If there is not enough, it is made longer.

The Tao of heaven is to take from those who have too much and give to those who do not have enough.
Man's way is different.
He takes from those who do not have enough and give to those who already have too much.
What man has more than enough and gives it to the world?
Only the man of Tao.

Therefore the sage works without recognition.
He achieves what has to be done without dwelling on it.
He does not try to show his knowledge.

6:1 "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 "Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. ;3 "But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
20:25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 "Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 "And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave- 28 "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Seventy-nine
After a bitter quarrel, some resentment must remain.
What can one do about it?
Therefore the sage keeps his half of the bargain
But does not exact his due.
A man of Virtue performs his part,
But a man without Virtue requires others to fulfill their obligations.
The Tao of heaven is impartial.
It stays with good men all the time.

18:21 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 "Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 "And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 "But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 "The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' 27 "Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. 28 "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' 29 "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' 30 "And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 "So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 "Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 'Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' 34 "And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 18:35 "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."
NKJ 6:15 "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
TEV Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.
TEVMatthew18:35 And Jesus concluded, "That is how my Father in heaven will treat every one of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

In our human world, since we are incomplete, we may generate sinful relationship. The seekers of truth before their enlightenment are likely to be involved in such a situation. On such an occasion, after you get stronger, if you take the posture to try to collect the debt against the debtor, you are not content to your given situation. On the contrary, if you do not care about the debt and forgive it, believing that it may be compensated in someway, it really turns out so. The both scriptures tell how you should handle the sin and debt relationship in different manners, because the failure of it causes a great damage to your connection with the ground of being.