Selection five

Do not be angry, speak the truth,
When asked, give from the little you have.
By means of these conditions
You should go to the vicinity of the gods.

Protect against bodily anger.
Let one be restrained with respect to the body.
Forsaking bodily misconduct,
Practice restraint by means of the body.

Protect against vocal anger.
Let there be restraint by means of the voice.
Forsaking misconduct of speech
Practice restraint by means of speech.

He who kills living creatures
And tells lies,
Takes the non-given in the world
And goes with the wife of another,

And the man who gives himself up
To brews and liquor,
Here in this world;
That one uproots himself.

Translated by Bodhipaksa

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