6) Song: Contention
C: When heaven and water go in different directions, there is contention; superior people plan in the beginning when they do things.
L: There is blockage of truth. Caution and moderation lead to good results, finality leads to bad results. It is beneficial to see a great person, not beneficial to cross a great river.
E: Depending on strength because of danger, causing danger by depending on strength. Conflict due to imbalance.
L: One does not persist forever in an affair. There will be a little criticism, but it will turn out well.
E: Being flexible and respectful means having an issue to dispute about but not having any intention to persist in the dispute. There is little criticism in the clarification of an issue.
L: Not pressing one's contention, one returns home to escape: if there are three hundred families in one's domain, there will be no trouble.
E: Not contending when one cannot win, although one is strong.
L: Living on past virtues, rectitude in danger will turn out well. If working in government, do not do anything.
E: Being too weak to initiate contention, the weak can only follow the strong onesí initiative to contend.
L: Not pressing one's contention, one abides by the decree of fate: changing to rest in rectitude leads to good fortune.
E: Being adamant yet reversing oneself to not press suit.
L: Contend; it will be very auspicious.
E: Firm and balanced, one can subdue others by virtue.
L: Even if one is given a badge of honor, it will be taken away thrice before the day is out.
E: Contesting for victory, eager for power, not knowing how to reverse oneself, at the end of contention, though one has gained victory outwardly, one has lost virtue inwardly. This is being selfish and inconsiderate of others, thus loosing the contention.