Aku wa Nobeyo (悪は延べよ)

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    Aku wa Nobeyo


    Yesterday, I introduced the proverb zen wa isoge (善は急げ),

    Actually, this proverb has an additional part — it is aku wa nobeyo (悪は延べよ).

    (Usually, the latter part is omitted.)

    Since aku (悪) means “bad” and nobeyo (延べよ) means “postpone,” the literal meaning of aku wa nobeyo is “postpone bad things.”
    「悪」は “bad”、「延べよ」は “postpone” を意味するので、「悪は延べよ」の文字どおりの意味は “postpone bad things” です。

    In other words, this proverb says that if you think it is bad, you should postpone doing it as much as possible.

    If you postpone doing the bad thing, sometime you may come less need to do it.

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