fǎ zhě, suǒyǐ jìn bào ér shuài shànrén yě 法者，所以禁暴而率善人也
Law Is for Stopping Violence and Encouraging Good Behavior.
Law is enacted to stop violence and evil and to encourage good behavior. This means law enforcement and moral education should go hand in hand. The purpose of the law is to punish evil and exalt goodness, which is morally significant. Execution of the law has an exemplary and guiding role, which means it has educational value. This view of law holds universal significance.
Law is for guiding governance, and is the means of stopping violence and encouraging good behavior. (Records of the Historian)
Punishments are for stopping violence and evil and fostering good behavior. They are not aimed at killing. (The History of the Ming Dynasty)