2 Kings 18:36
New International Version
But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, "Do not answer him."

New Living Translation
But the people were silent and did not utter a word because Hezekiah had commanded them, “Do not answer him.”

English Standard Version
But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king’s command was, “Do not answer him.”

Berean Study Bible
But the people remained silent and did not answer a word, for Hezekiah had commanded, “Do not answer him.”

King James Bible
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

New King James Version
But the people held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him.”

New American Standard Bible
But the people were silent and did not answer him with even a word, because it was the king’s command: “Do not answer him.”

NASB 1995
But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king's commandment was, "Do not answer him."

NASB 1977
But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him.”

Amplified Bible
But the people kept silent and did not answer him, for the king had commanded, “Do not answer him.”

Christian Standard Bible
But the people kept silent; they did not answer him at all, for the king’s command was, “Don’t answer him.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the people kept silent; they didn't say anything, for the king's command was, "Don't answer him."

American Standard Version
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the people kept silent and they did not give him an answer, because the King commanded and said: “Do not give him an answer!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the men were silent, and answered him not a word: for there was a commandment of the king, saying, Ye shall not answer him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for they had received commandment from the king that they should not answer him.

English Revised Version
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

Good News Translation
The people kept quiet, just as King Hezekiah had told them to; they did not say a word.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the people were silent and didn't say anything to him because the king commanded them not to answer him.

International Standard Version
But the people remained silent and did not answer with even so much as a word, because the king's order was, "Don't answer him."

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, saying: 'Answer him not.'

Literal Standard Version
And the people have kept silent, and have not answered him a word, for the command of the king is, saying, “Do not answer him.”

NET Bible
The people were silent and did not respond, for the king had ordered, "Don't respond to him."

New Heart English Bible
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, "Do not answer him."

World English Bible
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, "Don't answer him."

Young's Literal Translation
And the people have kept silent, and have not answered him a word, for the command of the king is, saying, 'Do not answer him.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
35Who among all the gods of these lands has delivered his land from my hand? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?” 36But the people remained silent and did not answer a word, for Hezekiah had commanded, “Do not answer him.” 37Then Hilkiah’s son Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the scribe, and Asaph’s son Joah the recorder came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and they relayed to him the words of the Rabshakeh.…

Cross References
2 Kings 18:35
Who among all the gods of these lands has delivered his land from my hand? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?"

2 Kings 18:37
Then Hilkiah's son Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the scribe, and Asaph's son Joah the recorder came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and they relayed to him the words of the Rabshakeh.


Treasury of Scripture

But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

held their peace.

Psalm 38:13,14
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth…

Psalm 39:1
To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

Proverbs 9:7
He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.









Verse 36. - But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word. All Rabshakeh's efforts to produce open disaffection failed. Whatever impression his arguments may have made, no indication was given that they had produced any. If, then, he had hoped to bring about a mutiny, or even to create a disturbance, he was disappointed. For the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not. Hezekiah had either anticipated Rabshakeh's tactics, and given an order beforehand that no word should be uttered, or he had promptly met them by sending such an order, on learning Rabshakeh's proceedings, The latter is more probable, since such an outrageous course as that which Rabshakeh had pursued can scarcely have been expected.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But the people
הָעָ֔ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

remained silent
וְהֶחֱרִ֣ישׁוּ (wə·he·ḥĕ·rî·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2790: To cut in, engrave, plow, devise

and did not
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

answer
עָנ֥וּ (‘ā·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond

a word,
דָּבָ֑ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

for
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

[Hezekiah]
הַמֶּ֥לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4428: A king

had commanded,
מִצְוַ֨ת (miṣ·waṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 4687: Commandment

“Do not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

answer him.”
תַעֲנֻֽהוּ׃ (ṯa·‘ă·nu·hū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond


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