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τῆς μὲν δυνάμεως ὑφίεσθαι: for μέν, see on i.1.1. The implied opposite is “we may well, however, fall behind the offerings of our richer neighbors.”—χρὴ οὖν μηδὲν ἐλλείποντα κτλ.: the sense of the passage is simply “fear and honor God with all your might, and then be of good courage.” οὐ γὰρ ἂν ἐλπίζων (equivalent to εἴ τις ἐλπίζοι) σωφρονοίη: “for no one could reasonably expect.” οὐδ᾽ ἂν ἄλλως μᾶλλον: sc. ἐλπίζων σωφρονοίη.
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