By standing alert, by awareness,
By restraint and control too,
The intelligent one could make an island
That a flood does not overwhelm.
Through initiative, heedfulness,
restraint, & self-control,
the wise would make
By effort and heedfulness, discipline and self-mastery, let the wise one[s] make for [themselves] an island which no flood can overwhelm.
(Note: Version 1 is from the John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana translation. Version 2 is from the Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation. Version 3 is from the Acharya Buddharakkhita translation. Changes made to the text in order to achieve gender neutrality are marked with brackets.)