Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

But they were silent and did not answer him at all, for the king's command was, "Don't answer him."

International Standard Version

But the people remained silent and didn't respond to him with so much as a single word, because the king had commanded, "Don't answer him."

A Conservative Version

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

American Standard Version

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

Amplified

But they kept still and answered him not a word, for the king's [Hezekiah's] command was, Do not answer him.

Bible in Basic English

But they kept quiet and gave him no answer: for the king's order was, Give him no answer.

Darby Translation

And they were silent, and answered him not a word; for the king's command was, saying, Answer him not.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

But they held their peace and did not answer him a word, for the king had commanded thus, saying, Answer him not.

Julia Smith Translation

And they will be silent and not answer him a word: for this the command of the king, saying, Ye shall not answer.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

But they were silent and did not answer him a word, for the command of the king was, "You must not answer him."

Modern King James verseion

But they were silent and did not answer him a word, for the king's command, saying, Do not answer him.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Unto this Hezekiah's messengers held their tongues, and answered not one word: for the king had charged them that they should give him none answer.

NET Bible

They were silent and did not respond, for the king had ordered, "Don't respond to him."

New Heart English Bible

But they remained silent, and said nothing in reply, for the king's commandment was, "Do not answer him."

The Emphasized Bible

But they held their peace, and answered him not a word, - for the command of the king, it was, saying, - Ye must not answer him.

Webster

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

World English Bible

But they remained silent, and said nothing in reply, for the king's commandment was, "Don't answer him."

Youngs Literal Translation

And they keep silent, and have not answered him a word, for a command of the king is, saying, 'Do not answer him.'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
חרשׁ 
Charash 
Usage: 74

and answered
ענה 
`anah 
Usage: 329

him not a word
דּבר 
Dabar 
Usage: 1438

for the king's
מלך 
melek 
Usage: 2521

מצוה 
Mitsvah 
Usage: 181

ענה 
`anah 
Usage: 329

References

Context Readings

Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

20 'Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their land from my hand, that the LORD would deliver Jerusalem from my hand?'" 21 But they were silent and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, "Do not answer him." 22 Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn and told him the words of Rabshakeh.


Cross References

Proverbs 26:4

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.

2 Kings 18:26

Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah and Joah, said to Rabshakeh, "Speak now to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it; and do not speak with us in Judean in the hearing of the people who are on the wall."

2 Kings 18:37

Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

Psalm 38:13-15

But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.

Psalm 39:1

I said, "I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence."

Proverbs 9:7-8

He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.

Amos 5:13

Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time.

Matthew 7:6

"Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

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