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θεούς: “beings who deserve the name of gods.” τοὺς θεούς might be understood to mean the special divinities of the Athenians.

ὃν τρόπον: equivalent to τὸν τρόπον, .

τά τε λεγόμενα κτλ.: cf. ‘For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether,’ ‘thou understandest my thought afar off,’ ‘whither shall I flee from thy presence?’ Psalm cxxxix; and οὗτοι τοίνυν οἱ πάντα μὲν εἰδότες πάντα δὲ δυνάμενοι θεοὶ οὕτω μοι φίλοι εἰσὶν ὥστε διὰ τὸ ἐπιμελεῖσθαί μου οὔποτε λήθω αὐτοὺς οὔτε νυκτὸς οὔθ᾽ ἡμέρας οὔθ̓ ὅποι ἂν ὁρμῶμαι οὔθ̓ τι ἄν μέλλω πράττειν Sym. iv. 48.

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