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ὅτι πιστεύει αὑτῷ, ἐκείνῳ δ᾽ οὔ] ‘that he can trust himself (not to swear to what he knows to be false), but not the other’. (In this case, if you accept the oath, or consent to swear) ‘Xenophanes' dictum may be inverted (turned round to the other side), and you may say, that this is the fair way of proceeding, for the godless man to tender the oath, and the godfearing to take it’; (because the latter won't perjure himself, the other will). μεταστρέψαι, in § 25, was used in a somewhat different sense ‘to pervert’ justice; ‘and (you may add) it is monstrous for you to refuse to take it yourself, in a matter in which (ὑπὲρ ὧν) you1 require those gentlemen (the judges, namely,) to take an oath before they decide’. The judges were sworn upon entering the court to decide ‘according to the best of their judgment’, § 5, supra.
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