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παρηγγύα cannot mean "pledged,""promised" (ἠγγυᾶτο), but only "passed the watchword to me," i.e. "told me, as a sign." Xen. Cyr. 3.3.58παρηγγύα Κῦρος σύνθημα, Ζεὺς σύμμαχος καὶ ἡγεμών”, “"C. proceeded to pass the watchword, 'Zeus'"”, etc. παρεγγυάω regularly has this sense (which sometimes passes into that of "exhorting," "encouraging" one another); or else that of "putting something into another's hand," "entrusting" it to him. The omission of the temporal augment in L and other MSS. is not a sufficient ground for adopting Herwerden's φερέγγυα ("trusty").

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