In the dialogues between Jesus and other religious figures, it is the others who are unable or unwilling to reply.
What is appropriate to intuit?Καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς, Ἔξεστιν τοῖς σάββασιν ἀγαθοποιῆσαι, ἢ κακοποιῆσαι; Ψυχὴν σῶσαι, ἢ ἀποκτεῖναι; Οἱ δὲ ἐσιώπων.
There is both motivation and differentiation in the following sentence:
Fear is said to be the reason for not speaking, and silence is conrasted with speaking (not saying).Acts 18:9 wrote:Μὴ φοβοῦ, ἀλλὰ λάλει καὶ μὴ σιωπήσῃς
In Acts 21:14 silence comes as a result of a conscious decision not to continue persuation:
In a context, where someone has something more to say, but refrains from saying it, one one the motivations is astonishment:Acts 21:14 wrote:Μὴ πειθομένου δὲ αὐτοῦ, ἡσυχάσαμεν εἰπόντες, Τὸ θέλημα τοῦ κυρίου γενέσθω.
From the reactions of Pilate and the Jewish high priest, keeping silent when examined on trial annoyed the people who were doing the questioning. It is not clearly stated that that was the intention of keeping silent though.Luke 18:39 wrote:καὶ θαυμάσαντες ἐπὶ τῇ ἀποκρίσει αὐτοῦ, ἐσίγησαν.