Water finds its level.

Those who build moats to protect their fortunes will dig the ground out from under their feet.
Buried, they will begin to know the wisdom of the poor.

Watch the equilibrium of life.
Hunter stretches bow. The top bends low the bottom raises.

The way of things that I call the silly name Tao
keeps a tight ledger book.

Tao won’t stand for imbalance long.
Greed, dishonesty, hoarding, avarice, these do not last.

Look at those who try to fight the way of things!
A closed heart is bereaved.

Look at the one who has no possessions!
How easily she floats.