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|Sharp weapons are inauspicious instruments.
|Everyone hates them.
|Therefore the man of the Way is not comfortable with them.
|In the domestic affairs of the gentleman
|The left is the position of honor.
|In military affairs the right is the position of honor.
|Since weapons are inauspicious instruments, they are not the instruments of the gentleman
|So he uses them without enjoyment
|And values plainness.
|Victory is never sweet.
|Those for whom victory is sweet
|Are those who enjoy killing.
|If you enjoy killing,
|[Y]ou cannot gain the trust of the people.
|On auspicious occasions the place of honor is on the left.
|On inauspicious occasions the place of honor is on the right.
|The lieutenant commander stands on the left.
|The commander-in-chief stands on the right.
|And they speak, using the funerary rites to bury them.
|The common people, from whom all the dead have come
|Weep in lamentation.
|The victors bury them with funerary rites.