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The original Richard Wilhelm translation for the hexagram line...

Hexagram 39
Chien - Obstruction

yang above: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
yin below: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
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Hexagram Thirty-Nine/Line Three

Nine in the third place means:
Going leads to obstructions;
Hence he comes back.

Life in old China

While the preceding line shows the official compelled by duty to follow the way of danger, this line shows the man who must act as father of a family or as head of his kin. If he were to plunge recklessly into danger, it would be a useless act, because those entrusted to his care cannot get along by themselves. But if he withdraws and turns back to his own, they welcome him with great joy.

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