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.”

New American Standard Bible
But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king's commandment was, "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.

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."

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

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

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."

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.

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.'

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the people remained silent and did not answer him a word, for the king had commanded, saying, Do not answer him.

King James 2000 Bible
But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, Answer him not.

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

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.

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.

Darby Bible Translation
But the people were silent and answered him not a word; for the king's command was, saying, Answer him not.

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.

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

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.'
Study Bible
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 Rab-shakeh.…
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 Rab-shakeh.

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.







Lexicon
But the people
הָעָ֔ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 2790: To cut in, engrave, plow, devise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

answer him.”
תַעֲנֻֽהוּ׃ (ṯa·‘ă·nu·hū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond
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. 18:17-37 Rabshakeh tries to convince the Jews, that it was to no purpose for them to stand it out. What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? It were well if sinners would submit to the force of this argument, in seeking peace with God. It is, therefore, our wisdom to yield to him, because it is in vain to contend with him: what confidence is that which those trust in who stand out against him? A great deal of art there is in this speech of Rabshakeh; but a great deal of pride, malice, falsehood, and blasphemy. Hezekiah's nobles held their peace. There is a time to keep silence, as well as a time to speak; and there are those to whom to offer any thing religious or rational, is to cast pearls before swine. Their silence made Rabshakeh yet more proud and secure. It is often best to leave such persons to rail and blaspheme; a decided expression of abhorrence is the best testimony against them. The matter must be left to the Lord, who has all hearts in his hands, committing ourselves unto him in humble submission, believing hope, and fervent prayer.
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