IV. Devatā Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens
Chapter IV: Devas
Bhikkhu Mitta Suttaɱ
Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.
 THUS have I heard:
'Yes, lord,' they replied;
and the Exalted One said:
Verily, monks, let a monk cultivate one so endowed.
A speaker, genial, grave, cultured, bland,
Profound in speech, not urging when not fit:
In whom these things are found, that is the friend
To cultivate if any need a friend, -
A man moved always by desire for weal,-
Yea, tho' he drive thee forth, yet follow him.'
 Quoted at UdA. 222.
 Attha-kāmānukampaka, √kamp.
Job xiii, 15. Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
 Here: nāsiyamānena, from √naṣ, causing one to disappear: cf. for the sentiment Job xiii, 15.