Since κἀκούοντας suits both metre and sense, it seems more likely that this was the reading from which, by a scribe's mistake, κοὐκ ἀκούοντας arose, than that “ἀκούοντας” conceals some other participle (such as “κατοκνοῦντας” or “ἀπιθοῦντας”). It is hard to see why Herm. thought the “"negatio contrarii"” to be necessary here,—common though it is (see on O. T. 58 “γνωτὰ κοὐκ ἄγνωτα”). After χρὴ μελετᾶν, too, we should expect “μηδέ”, not “καὶ οὐκ”; the latter supposes that “οὐ” and its partic. form one word. κοὐκ ἄκοντας (B and Campbell) would mean, “"and that, too, not unwillingly"”—surely a weak sense. The existence of this as the only v.l. confirms κἀκούοντας.
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