Line-4Legge: The fourth line, dynamic, shows the sacrificial vessel with its feet broken, and its contents, designed for the ruler's use, overturned and spilled. Its subject will be made to blush for shame. There will be evil.
Wilhelm/Baynes: The legs of the cauldron are broken. The prince's meal is spilled and his person soiled. Misfortune.
Blofeld: The legs of the Ting snap. The prince's food is overturned and his person soiled -- misfortune! [Through gross carelessness an opportunity to advance our interests is not only lost but transformed into an occasion of trouble.]
Liu: The legs of the cauldron are split. The duke's meal is spilled and his face turns red. Misfortune.
Ritsema/Karcher: The Vessel: a severed stand. Overthrowing a princely stew. Its form soiled. Pitfall.
Shaughnessy: The cauldron's broken leg: Overturns the duke's stew; his punishment is execution-in-chamber; inauspicious.
Cleary (1): The cauldron’s legs are broken, spilling the food received for service. The physical being is enriched, but there is misfortune.
Cleary (2): The cauldron breaks its legs, spilling your food; your face drips. This is unfortunate.
Wu: The cauldron’s legs are broken. The duke’s feast is spilled over, resulting in capital punishment. Foreboding.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: How can he be trusted? Wilhelm/Baynes: How can one still trust him? Blofeld: The prince's meal is overturned -- how is it possible to continue enjoying his confidence? Ritsema/Karcher: Wherefore trustworthy thus indeed? Cleary (2): Now that you have spilled your food, what happened to your confidence? Wu: How can there be trust?
The Master said:"Virtue small and office high; wisdom small and plans great; strength small and burden heavy: where such conditions exist, it is seldom that they do not end in evil. As it is said in the I Ching, `The tripod's feet are overthrown, and the ruler's food is overturned. The body of him who is thus indicated is wet with shame: there will be evil.'"
Legge: Line four is the minister charged with difficult duties. Although dynamic, he is in a magnetic position with a magnetic correlate in line one. Weak in himself, and without an able helper, he has failed to do his proper work, and cannot be trusted again.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: The man fails to discharge his responsibilities because of personal inadequacies. Great plans supported by limited knowledge, heavy loads by meager strength, high office by weak character -- these result in shame and disaster.
Wing: You do not have the capability to achieve the goals you have in mind. You have not been realistic about your position. You are lacking in either energy, commitment, information, or assistance. Going forth with your plans will invite disaster.
Editor: The image suggests misfortune brought about by inexperience, incompetence, lack of capacity, divided loyalties, willful disobedience, or plain ignorance. In my experience, the line does not necessarily always imply blame: sometimes, with the best will in the world, one just isn't capable of coping with superior forces in a situation.
"knew" 'twas coming.
and again (thus the question).
Line-1Legge: The first line, dynamic, shows its subject free from all insincerity. His advance will be accompanied with good fortune.
Wilhelm/Baynes: Innocent behavior brings good fortune.
Blofeld: Moving onward with integrity brings good fortune.
Liu: Innocent actions bring good fortune.
Ritsema/Karcher: Without Embroiling. Going significant.
Shaughnessy: The pestilence goes; auspicious.
Cleary (1): Fidelity, without error; it is auspicious to go.
Cleary (2): Going without error leads to good results.
Wu: Without vainness, he will proceed with auspiciousness.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: When he who is free from insincerity makes any movement, he will get what he desires. Wilhelm/Baynes: Innocent behavior attains its will. Blofeld: What is willed comes to pass. Ritsema/Karcher: Acquiring purpose indeed. Cleary (2): One attains one’s aspiration. Wu: He will have his aspirations fulfilled.
Legge: The first line is dynamic at the bottom of the trigram of Movement. His action will characterize all the action set forth, and will itself be fortunate. This is another way of saying that true goodness may expect good fortune, "by the appointment of Heaven."
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: At the outset, the man follows the original pure impulses of his heart. His aims will be achieved.
Wing: Acting with integrity and spontaneity will bring you success. You may trust your instincts, because there is goodness in your heart. Good fortune is willed.
Editor: This is a very favorable line, showing one who is worthy and able to advance under the conditions described in the Judgment.
A. Maintain an open mind and follow the intuition of the heart.Innocence has nothing to dread. Racine