2 Kings 18:36
But the people remained silent and did not answer a word, for Hezekiah had commanded, "Do not answer him."
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held their peace.

Psalm 38:13, 14
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear, and like a mute man, I do not open my mouth. . . .

Psalm 39:1
I said, "I will watch my ways so that I will not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle as long as the wicked are present."

Proverbs 9:7
He who corrects a mocker will bring shame on himself; he who rebukes a wicked man will be tainted.

Proverbs 26:4
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be like him.

Amos 5:13
Therefore, the prudent keep silent in such times, for the days are evil.

Matthew 7:6
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

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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.

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."
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