The Master gave Qidiao Kai permission to take office.
Qidiao Kai replied, “I cannot yet be trusted with such a responsibility.”
The Master was pleased.Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master urged Qidiao Kai to take an official position, but he replied, I am not yet confident I’m up to it. The Master was pleased.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.