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  1. 其用戰也勝久則鈍兵挫銳攻城則力屈
  2. 久暴師則國用不足


and sums spent on chariots and armour, will reach the total of a thousand ounces of silver per day.

, which follows in the textus receptus, is important as indicating the apodosis. In the text adopted by Capt. Calthrop it is omitted, so that he is led to give this meaningless translation of the opening sentence: “Now the requirements of War are such that we need 1,000 chariots,” etc. The second , which is redundant, is omitted in the Yü Lan. 千金, like 千里 above, is meant to suggest a large but indefinite number. As the Chinese have never possessed gold coins, it is incorrect to translate it “1000 pieces of gold.”

Such is the cost of raising an army of 100,000 men.

Capt. Calthrop adds: “You have the instruments of victory,” which he seems to get from the first five characters of the next sentence.


2. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardour will be damped.

The Yü Lan omits ; but though 勝久 is certainly a bold phrase, it is more likely to be right than not. Both in this place and in § 4, the T’ung Tien and Yü Lan read (in the sense of “to injure”) instead of .

If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.

As synonyms to are given , , and .

3. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain.

久暴師 means literally, “If there is long exposure of the army.” Of in this sense K‘ang Hsi cites an instance from the biography of the 竇融 Tou Jung in the Hou Han Shu, where the commentary defines it by . Cf. also the following from the 戰國策: 將軍久暴露於外 “General, you have long been exposed to all weathers.”