He was a great commander, but ugly and squat, And so found himself rejected by two mighty kings. But a high official saw his value, beneath his scars, Sought him through the night and won his aid.
Do not judge by appearances, or you may overlook great resources and opportunities. Instead, investigate things closely before making any judgment, especially in legal situations. Unless you are careful, your current affluence may slip away from you. Do not believe the rumors you hear about others: remember that people may be spreading similar stories about you.
The meaning of this poem is clear, and a frequent insight in divination poems. Do not judge by outward appearances, for to find a beautiful piece of jade you first have to break open a plain piece of rock. Beware also of being condescending. The high official had to work to undo the damage done to the ugly commander, who later became the God of Literature's chief' attendant. Value everyone as an equal.