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| 1. The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel
2. Gold / Metal
5. Tempering Makes Strong Steel
| 6. Time is as Precious as Gold|
7. Word of God / The Gospel
8. Words Have Enormous Weight...
9. Time is Gold
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武士の一言、金鉄の如し is an old Japanese proverb about the value of the word of a warrior. Here's a couple versions of how this can be translated:
A warrior's single word is as unchanging and reliable as gold and steel.
A warrior's promise is as dependable as gold, and his [scabbard contains] untarnished steel (a sword).
Note: Sometimes this phrase is written as 男子の一言、金鉄の如し (danshi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi)
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
金 is the symbol for metal (often means gold or money) in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
In an interesting twist, in Japanese, this Kanji can also mean "Friday." I guess Friday is "the golden day" in Japan.
Gold / Metal is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.
鋼 is the Chinese character and Japanese Kanji for steel (as in iron mixed with carbon and other elements to make it stronger).
This can also be the name Hagane in Japanese. Like Mr. Steel in English. It can also be pronounced as Tsuyoshi or Kou when used as personal or given names in Japan.
The first two characters mean resolute with firm determination.
The second two characters mean reliable.
Together, this creates a 4-character expression that clearly means dependable.
福音 is the Chinese, Korean and Japanese word for "Gospel" or "Word of God." 福音 is a specifically Christian word in Asia (not used for any other religion).
The first character means "blessing," "good fortune" or "good luck." This first character is a special character used throughout China to bring good tidings and fortune - especially during Chinese New Years. The second character means "sound," "noise" or "news."
Together, these characters create a word that means "The Good News" or "The Sound of Good Fortune."
When read by a Chinese or Japanese person, this word is always perceived as "The Christian Gospel," "Word of God," or even "The Voice of God."
一言九鼎 is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times talk of profound or powerful words.
The literal meaning is, "one word [worth] nine [sacred] tripods." The tripod is a highly-prized three-legged (sometimes four-legged) metal pot or kettle of ancient China. They are often made of bronze, and the Emperor would have very large ones gilded in gold. See the image to the right for an example.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel||武士の一言、金鉄の如し||bushi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi|
|金||kin||jīn / jin1 / jin||chin|
|hagane||gāng / gang1 / gang||kang|
|jiān yì kě kào
jian1 yi4 ke3 kao4
jian yi ke kao
|chien i k`o k`ao
chien i ko kao
|Tempering Makes Strong Steel||百煉才成鋼 / 百煉纔成鋼|
|bǎi liàn cái chéng gāng
bai3 lian4 cai2 cheng2 gang1
bai lian cai cheng gang
|pai lien ts`ai ch`eng kang
pai lien tsai cheng kang
|Time is as Precious as Gold||惜時如金|
|xí shí rú jīn
xi2 shi2 ru2 jin1
xi shi ru jin
|hsi shih ju chin
|Word of God
|福音||fukuin||fú yīn / fu2 yin1 / fu yin / fuyin|
|Words Have Enormous Weight
One Word Worth Nine Caldrons
|一言九鼎||yī yán jiǔ dǐng
yi1 yan2 jiu3 ding3
yi yan jiu ding
|i yen chiu ting
|Time is Gold||一刻千金||ikko ku sen kin|
iko ku sen kin
|yī kè qiān jīn
yi1 ke4 qian1 jin1
yi ke qian jin
|i k`o ch`ien chin
i ko chien chin
|A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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