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  1. 故明君賢將所以動而勝人成功出於衆者先知也
  2. 先知者不可取於鬼神不可象於事不可驗於度
  3. 必取於人知敵之情者也


4. Thus, what enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.

5. Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, nor by any deductive calculation.

6. Knowledge of the enemy's dispositions can only be obtained from other men.