Seokjin Cuts Off His Finger (Group Translation)
Yoo Seokjin was an official of Gosan prefecture. His father Cheoneul gained a malicious disease. The disease flared up once every day and he would faint afterwards. Other people could not bare to see him. Day and night Seokjin waited by at his father’s side and and showed no laziness. He wept and wailed to the Heaven, and searched everywhere for medicine. A man said if a living man’s bone mixed with blood and is consumed, it can cure a person immediately. Seokjin promptly cut off his left fourth finger. Relying on the words, he proceeded, and the disease was shortly cured.
The father was deeply troubled by an illness, not getting any better. The child cried out to the Heaven.
Who knew that one grain of miraculous medicine is right in the nameless finger finely ground?
The fate of the father and son is the same for all epoch. How would that rise and fall follow the influences of the kings?
I look to this picture and bow each time I turn to that high moral air. His exalted reputation will never expire.