With regard to how he should treat Confucius, Duke Jing of Qi said, “I cannot treat him as I would the head of the Ji Family; I shall treat him at a level somewhere between that of the head of the Ji Family and the head of the Meng Family.” On a later occasion, he remarked, “I am too old, I will not be able to employ him.” Confucius then left the state of Qi.Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
Duke Jing of Qi, speaking of the treatment that he was prepared to offer Confucius, said, I cannot give him the treatment accorded the senior branch of the Ji family. It would have to be the treatment accorded someone in between the senior and the junior branches. [To Confucius] he said, I’m old—I cannot make proper use of you.
Confucius left the state of Qi.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.