Zigong asked, “What do you think of me?”
The Master replied, “You are a vessel.”
“What sort of vessel?”
“A hu or lian vessel.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
Zigong asked, What would you say of me?
The Master said, You are a vessel.
What kind of vessel? Zigong asked.
A fine sacrificial vessel, said the Master.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.