ψῆφον, the pebble used in voting, then, the vote; here (as below, 632) applied to the resolve or decree of an absolute monarch. Cp. O. T. 606 “μή μ᾽ ἁπλῇ κτάνῃς ι ψήφῳ, διπλῇ δέ”, i.e. not by thine own royal voice alone, but by mine also. τυράννων, i.e. Creon: allusive plur., as 67: O.T. 366 n. κράτη, the powers of the king, as 173 (cp. O. C. 392 n.). The disjunctive ἢ (for which Axt proposed καὶ) means: ‘if we offend against this edict, or (in any way) against the royal powers.’ It could not mean: ‘if we infringe his edict, or (by persistence after warning) come into conflict with his power.’
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