Answering (apokriqei). First aorist passive participle without the passive meaning. Jesus answered the thoughts of those mentioned in verse Mark 1 . Here "lawyers and Pharisees" are treated as one class with one article (tou) whereas in Mark 7:30 they are treated as two classes with separate articles. Or not (h ou). The dilemma forestalled any question by them. They held their peace (hsucasan). Ingressive aorist active of old verb hsucazw. They became silent, more so than before.