seemingly clear, yet cleverly cryptic
Line-4Legge: The fourth line, dynamic, shows its subject treading on the tail of a tiger. He becomes full of apprehensive caution, and in the end there will be good fortune.
Wilhelm/Baynes: He treads on the tail of the tiger. Caution and circumspection lead ultimately to good fortune.
Blofeld: To tread with impunity upon a tiger's tail, breathless caution is required -- good fortune in the end. [This is an occasion for doing something dangerous, provided we are very cautious.]
Liu: He steps on the tail of the tiger. Caution and fearfulness. Good fortune in the end. [Trouble or disaster threaten and one must be very careful.]
Ritsema/Karcher: Treading at tiger's tail. Pleading, pleading; completing significant.
Shaughnessy: Treading on a tiger's tail so panicky; in the end auspicious.
Cleary(1): Treading on the tail of a tiger, with caution it will turn out well.
Cleary(2): Treading on a tiger’s tail with utmost caution turns out lucky.
Wu: Treading after a tiger is awesome, but it will be auspicious in the end.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: His aim takes effect. Wilhelm/Baynes: What is willed is done. Blofeld: The ruler's will is carried out. Ritsema/Karcher: Purpose moving indeed. Cleary(2): Utmost caution turning out lucky is determined action. Wu: With awe there will be auspiciousness in the end, because the aspiration will prevail.
Legge: Line four is dynamic in a magnetic place just below the ruler in line five. He recognizes his weak position and walks with care.