Sample of Laozi Ma Wang Duei Cotton Book

堇(勤)能行之。中士闻道,若存若亡。下士闻道,大笑之。弗笑,不足以为道。是以建言有之曰:明道如费,进道如退,夷道如类。上德如谷,大白如辱,广德如不足。建德如偷,质真如渝,大方无隅。大器晚成,大音希声,大象无形,道褒无名。夫唯】道,善【始且善成。反也者,】道之动也。弱也者,道之用也。【天下之物生于有,有生于无。道生一,一生二,二生三,三生万物。万物负阴而抱阳,】中气以为和。天下之所恶,唯孤寡不(谷),而王公以自名也。勿(物)或(损)之【而益,益】之而(损)。故人【之所教,】夕(亦)议而教人。故强良(梁)者不得死,我【将】以为学父。天下之至柔,【驰】骋于天下之致(至)坚。无有入于无间。五(吾)是以知无为【之有】益也。

30.I A person who assists a ruler to lead should [adopt the policy of] avoiding to intimidate other countries with its military might;
[If military action is deemed necessary] he should think hard [about consequences and weighing in non-violent alternatives];Because, weeds and thistles grew wild every time after armies march through the land, Following each big military operation was [many] years of feminine.]

Modern version of Chapter 30 of Laozi 老子 :
[老子道德经, 第三 十 章] 以道佐人主者,不以兵强天下,其事好还:师之所处,荆棘生焉;大军过后,必有凶年。故善者果而已,不敢以取强焉。果而勿伐,果而勿矜,果而勿骄,果而不得已居,是谓果而不强。物壮则老,是谓不道,不道早已。]