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民不畏死   If the people don’t fear death
奈何以死惧之   How will you scare them with death?
若使民常畏死   If you make the people continuously fear death
而为奇者   By seizing anybody who does something out of the ordinary
吾得执而杀之   And killing them,
孰敢   Who will dare to move?
常有司杀者杀   There is always an official executioner to handle this.
夫司杀者   If you play the role of the official executioner
是大匠斫夫代大匠斫者   It is like cutting wood in the capacity of Master Carpenter.
希有不伤其手矣   There are few who will not cut their hands.

Sitelen Sitelen Renderer by Olaf Janssen.

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