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δίκης ἐς ὀρθόν, conformably with the straight rule of honesty: cp. O. T.853δικαίως ὀρθόν”, truly right (for the prophecy). For the implied metaphor, cp. Eur. Hec.602ο<*>δεν τό γ̓ α<*>σχρὸν κανόνι τοῦ καλοῦ μαθών”: for “εἰς”, fr. 555 “εἰς ὀρθὸν φρονεῖν” (=“καλῶς φρονεῖν”): Thuc.6. 82ἐς τὸ ἀκριβὲς εἰπεῖν” (so the MSS.: “ὡς” Krüger). The gen. “δίκης” can be joined to “ὀρθόν” (though without art.), since the latter is felt as a subst.: cp. Soph. Ai.1144ἐν κακῷ” | “χειμῶνος”.

νῦν πρόσθενπαρῆν: since “νῦν” can mean ‘just now,’ it is not necessary to supply “πάρεστιν”: but it is easy to do so: cp. Xen. An.3. 3. 2ἐγὼ...καὶ Κύρῳ πιστὸς ἦν,...καὶ νῦν ὑμῖν εὔνους” (“εἰμί”).— κακός here=“ἄπιστος”, as at 468 it is opposed to “ἀψευδεῖν.—οὐ δίκαιος” is merely a synonym for “κακός” (cp. 457), ‘not honest’: cp. 411: Ant.671δίκαιον κἀγαθὸν παραστάτην”. The antithesis, which is only between “νῦν” and “πρόσθεν”, is thus somewhat blurred.

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