Analects 3.17

Original Text:

子贡欲去告朔之饩羊子曰赐也尔爱其羊我爱其礼

Translation:

Other Translations:

Zigong wanted to do away with the practice of sacrificing a lamb to announce the beginning of the month.

The Master said, “Zigong! You regret the loss of the lamb, whereas I regret the loss of the rite.”

Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.

Zigong wanted to do away with the sacrificial sheep at the first-of-the-month announcement to the ancestors. The Master said, Si (Zigong), you care about the sheep, I care about the ritual.

Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.

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