25. τὸ πιστόν
the good faith you show in your public and private life. This is the outcome of the ‘Lycurgean’ system. Cf. what Xen. says in the Polity of the Lac.
, of their virtues, which, when he wrote, were a thing of the past: ‘They endeavoured to be worthy to lead ... Others would go to Sparta and ask to be led by her against those who were thought guilty of wrong-doing... . Nowadays they obey neither God nor the ordinances of Lycurgus.’
26. καθ᾽ ὑμᾶς αὐτούς
27. ἀπιστοτέρους ἐς τοὺς ἄλλους
—i e ἐς（ἡμᾶς）τοὺς ἄλλους
, hence λέγωμεν
. Some, however, take ἐς τοὺς ἄλλους ἤν τι λ
. together=‘if we bring any charge against others.’
28. ἀπ᾽ αὐτοῦ
—i.e. ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀπιστοτέρους εἶναι
. It is a mark of prudence or sobriety, but it leads you into more mistakes than you would make if you were less cautious in believing complaints.