If a man wishes not to be scorned by others,
He will secure his own mind against the merest thought of fraud.
The mere thought of sin is sin. Therefore,
Avoid even the thought of stealing from another.
The fortune that is amassed by fraud may appear to prosper
But it will soon perish altogether.
Finding delight in defrauding others yields the fruit
Of undying suffering when those delights ripen.
Benevolent thoughts and affectionate feelings flee from those
Who watch for another's' unwatchfulness to swindle his property.
They who follow deceit's desirous path
Cannot hope to work wisdom's measured way.
The dark deceits of fraud cannot be found
In the hearts of those who desire the greatness called virtue.
As righteousness resides in the hearts of the virtuous,
So does deceit dwell in the hearts of thieves.
nothing but deviousness,
Men die each time they contrive their corrupt deeds.
Even the life in his body will abandon him who defrauds others,
But heaven itself never forsakes those who are honest.
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