New International Version
But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king 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.
Darby Bible Translation
But the people were silent and answered him not a word; for the king's command 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.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Answer him not - The blasphemy is too barefaced; Jehovah is insulted, not you; let him avenge his own quarrel. See the succeeding chapter, 2 Kings 19 (note).
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2 Kings 18:35
Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?"
2 Kings 18:37
Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went to Hezekiah, with their clothes torn, and told him what the field commander had said.
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