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an´sẽr : In our English Bible the word "answer" does not always mean a simple reply to a question.


1. In the Old Testament

Six different words are translated by answer. (1) It is frequently used where no question has been asked and in such cases it means a word, a statement. (2) It also means a response (Job 21:34 ; Job 34:36 ). (3) It often means a declaration or proclamation from God where no question has been asked. See the many passages that read: "The Lord answered and said." (4) The other words translated "answer" or "answered" in the Old Testament are unimportant shadings and variations.


2. In the New Testament

The words translated "answer" are not so varied. (1) It sometimes means an apology, a defense (1 Peter 3:15 ; Acts 24:10 , Acts 24:25 ). (2) It may mean simply "to say" (Mark 9:6 ). (3) It may mean a revelation from God (Romans 11:4 ). (4) It is also used to apply to unspoken thoughts of the heart, especially in the sayings of Jesus; also by Peter to Sapphira (Acts 5:8 ).


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Answer'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/a/answer.html. 1915.

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