III. Tika Nipāta
XIV. Yodhājīva Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Threes
Chapter XIV. The Fighting-Man
Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.
 THUS HAVE I HEARD
Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.
There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:
"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:
"Monks, he who is blessed with three qualities
should be followed as a friend.
Herein a monk gives what is hard to give,
does what is hard to do,
bears what is hard to bear.
If he have these three qualities
he should be followed as a friend.'