When a man's wealth has disappeared, his kinsmen alone
Will maintain their customary kindness.
If a man's kindred cleave to him with unfailing love,
His fortunes will never fail to flourish.
Pursuing a happy life without mixing with kinsmen
Is like pouring water into a barrel which has no staves.
The real profit gained by giving riches
Is as one may then live surrounded by kindred.
Multitudes of kinsmen will gather around the man
Who gives generously and speaks sweetly.
In this wide world none enjoys a more faithful family
Than he who hands out large gifts and holds back anger.
The crow does not conceal its food but calls its kind to share it;
Prosperity will abide with men of such a nature.
The multitudes thrive when they perceive their monarch
Perceiving each one's merits, not seeing mere sameness in all.
Close kinsmen who have become estranged
Will come back when the cause of disagreement goes away.
When one who left him returns with good reason,
The king may, after careful reflection, receive him back.
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