Even shade and water are unpleasant if they breed disease.
So too may relatives be unpleasant if they cause harm.
Do not fear the foe who is like the drawn sword,
But fear the friendship of the enemy who poses as kinsman.
Dread hatred from within and defend against it.
In calamitous times it will cut deeper than a potter's knife.
Hidden hatreds may lurk only in the mind,
Yet they can manifest myriad miseries among kin.
Hate hidden in a kinsman's heart will cause
More than many miseries-it will kill a man.
When hatred arises, dissention destroys unity,
And men fall inescapably toward every-ready death.
A house that harbors hatred will never form a united whole though,
Like a vessel and its lid, it may appear to be united.
As iron is worn away by frequent filing,
A family's strength is eroded by inner frictions.
Internal dissention may be minute as a divided sesame seed,
Yet it maintains the sufficient power to destroy.
Living with those who cannot dwell in harmony
Is like living in a hut with a cobra.
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