Tao is the source of all things,
The treasure of the saint,
And the refuge of the sinner.
Fine words win honour
And fine acts win respect,
But if a man sins, do not abandon him;
And if a man wins power, do not bribe him;
Just be still and present accordance with Tao.
Why do saints treasure Tao?
Because it is easily found by seeking,
And absolves every sin.
It is the most valuable gift.