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English translation of
Holy Dhammapada
English translation by Acharya Buddharakkhita
taken from http://www.cstone.net/~maxwell/Dhmpada.htm

Evil

117
Hasten to do good and restrain your mind from evil. One who is slow in doing good, one's mind delights in evil.

118
Should a person commit evil, let one not do it again and again. Let one not find pleasure therein, for painful is the accumulation of evil.

119
Should a person do good, let one do it again and again. Let one find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.

120
It may be well with the evil-doer as long as the evil ripens not, but when it does ripen, then the evil doer sees (the painful results of) one's evil deeds.

121
It may be ill with the doer of good as long as the good ripens not, but when it does ripen then the doer of good sees (the pleasant results of) one's good deeds.

122
Think not lightly of evil, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled; likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills oneself with evil.

123
Think not lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled; likewise, the wise person, gathering it little by little, fills oneself with good.

Continued...

124
Just as a trader with a small escort and great wealth would avoid a perilous route, or just as one desiring to live avoids poison, even so should one shun evil.

125
If on the one hand there is no wound, one may even carry poison in it. Poison does not affect one who is free from wounds, and for one who does no evil, there is no ill.

126
Like fine dust thrown against the wind, evil falls back upon that fool who offends an inoffensive, pure and guiltless person.

127
Some are born in the womb; the wicked are born in hell; the devout go to heaven; the stainless pass into Nibbana.

128
Neither in the sky nor in mid-ocean, nor by entering into mountain clefts, nowhere in the world is there a place where one may escape from the results of evil deeds.

129
Neither in the sky nor in mid-ocean, nor by entering into mountain clefts, nowhere in the world is there a place where one will not be overcome by death.

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