This is the second in a series of Christian adaptations of the Tao Te Ching. (See the first chapter here.)

Everyone can see the beautiful,
and in so knowing will recognize ugliness;
Everyone knows what skill is;
And in so knowing will recognize clumsiness.
So it is that existence and non-existence give birth to each other;
That difficulty and ease produce the idea of one another;
That good and evil arise from the contrast of the one with the other;
That the musical notes harmonize with one another;
And that being before and behind creates the idea of one another.
Therefore the Christian manages affairs without forcing anything,
And says volumes without speaking a word.
Plants spring up, and there is not one which declines to show itself;
They grow, and there is no claim made for their ownership;
They go through photosynthesis, and there is no expectation of a reward for the results.
The work is accomplished, but no one takes credit.
This is why it lasts forever.