'Answer' in the Bible
So later when the matter of my wages is brought before you, my fair dealing will be evident and answer for me. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the sheep, if found with me, shall be counted as stolen.
Joseph answered Pharaoh, It is not in me; God [not I] will give Pharaoh a [favorable] answer of peace.
If any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, then the one who brought it shall not be credited with it; it shall not be accepted. It shall be an abomination and an abhorred thing; the one who eats of it shall bear his iniquity and answer for it.
Then [this is My answer:] I will command My [special] blessings on you in the sixth year, so that it shall bring forth [sufficient] fruit for three years.
And I will break and humble your pride in your power, and I will make your heavens as iron [yielding no answer, no blessing, no rain] and your earth [as sterile] as brass.
And if that city makes an answer of peace to you and opens to you, then all the people found in it shall be tributary to you and they shall serve you.
Then shall his brother's wife come to him in the presence of the elders and pull his shoe off his foot and spit in his face and shall answer, So shall it be done to that man who does not build up his brother's house.
Cursed is the man who makes a graven or molten image, an abomination to the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret. All the people shall answer, Amen.
And Samson's wife wept before him and said, You only hate me, you do not love me; you have put forth a riddle to my countrymen and have not told the answer to me. And he said to her, Behold, I have not told my father or my mother, and shall I tell you?
And he said to her, Up, and let us be going. But there was no answer [for she was dead]. Then he put her [body] upon the donkey, and the man rose up and went home.
And about the time of her death the women attending her said to her, Fear not, for you have borne a son. But she did not answer or notice.
And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You deliver them into the hand of Israel? But He did not answer him that day.
And David turned away from Eliab to another and he asked the same question, and again the men gave him the same answer.
David called to the army and Abner son of Ner, Will you answer, Abner? Abner replied, Who are you, calling [and disturbing] the king?
When Saul inquired of the Lord, He refused to answer him, either by dreams or by Urim [a symbol worn by the priest when seeking the will of God for Israel] or by the prophets.
And Ish-bosheth could not answer Abner a word, because he feared him.
They looked, but there was none to save -- "even to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
So Gad came to David and told him and said, Shall seven years of famine come to your land? Or will you flee three months before your pursuing enemies? Or do you prefer three days of pestilence in your land? Consider and see what answer I shall return to Him Who sent me.
Then they will answer, Because they forsook the Lord their God, Who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have laid hold of other gods and have worshiped and served them; therefore the Lord has brought on them all this evil.
And King Rehoboam consulted with the old men who stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived and said, How do you advise me to answer this people?
And they said to him, If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them and answer them with good words, they will be your servants forever.
He said to them, What do you advise that we answer this people who have said, Make the yoke your father put on us lighter?
Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.
So they took the bull given them, dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, O Baal, hear and answer us! But there was no voice; no one answered. And they leaped upon or limped about the altar they had made.
Midday passed, and they played the part of prophets until the time for offering the evening sacrifice, but there was no voice, no answer, no one who paid attention.
The messenger who went to call Micaiah said to him, Behold now, the prophets unanimously declare good to the king. Let your answer, I pray you, be like theirs, and say what is good.
Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins and take my staff in your hand and go lay my staff on the face of the child. If you meet any man, do not salute him. If he salutes you, do not answer him.
But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for Hezekiah had commanded, Do not answer him.
Either three years of famine, or three months of devastation before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of the Lord and pestilence in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the borders of Israel. Now therefore, consider what answer I shall return to Him Who sent me.
And he said to them, What answer do you advise that we give to the demand of [these] people, Make the yoke your father put upon us lighter?
Then the king sent an answer: To Rehum the [Persian] official, to Shimshai the scribe, to the rest of their companions who dwell in Samaria and in the rest of the country beyond the River: Greetings.
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, so the enemy could not make them stop until the matter came before Darius and an answer was returned by letter concerning it.
Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews.
Then Esther told them to give this answer to Mordecai,
Call now -- "is there any who will answer you? And to which of the holy [angels] will you turn?
If one should want to contend with Him, he cannot answer one [of His questions] in a thousand.
How much less shall I answer Him, choosing out my words to reason with Him
Whom, though I were righteous (upright and innocent) yet I could not answer? I must appeal for mercy to my Opponent and Judge [for my right].
For [God] is not a [mere] man, as I am, that I should answer Him, that we should come together in court.
[Then] You would call and I would answer You; You would yearn for [me] the work of Your hands.
Will your futile words of wind have no end? Or what makes you so bold to answer [me like this]?
If I speak [to you miserable comforters], my sorrow is not soothed or lessened; and if I refrain [from speaking], in what way am I eased? [I hardly know whether to answer you or be silent.]
I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer, though I beseech him with words.
Therefore do my thoughts give me an answer, and I make haste [to offer it] for this reason.
I would learn what He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me.
I cry to You, [Lord,] and You do not answer me; I stand up, but You [only] gaze [indifferently] at me.
What then shall I do when God rises up [to judge]? When He visits [to inquire of me], what shall I answer Him?
Oh, for a hearing! Oh, for an answer from the Almighty! Let my adversary write out His indictment [and put His vague accusations in tangible form] in a book!
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was [rigidly] righteous (upright and in right standing with God) in his own eyes. [But there was a fifth man there also.]
Also against [Job's] three friends was [Elihu's] anger kindled, because they had found no answer [were unable to show his real error], and yet they had declared him to be in the wrong [and responsible for his own afflictions].
But when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouths of these three men, he became angry.
Now [Job] has not directed his words against me [therefore I have no cause for irritation], neither will I answer him with speeches like yours. [I speak for truth, not for revenge.]
[Job's friends] are amazed and embarrassed, they answer no more; they have not a thing to say [reports Elihu].
And shall I wait, because they say nothing but stand still and answer no more?
I also will answer my [God-assigned] part; I also will declare my opinion and my knowledge.
I must speak, that I may get relief and be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer.
Answer me now, if you can; set your words in order before me; take your stand.
If you have anything to say, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify you.
I will answer you and your companions with you.
[The people] cry out because of the pride of evil men, but He does not answer.
Surely God will refuse to answer [the cry which is] vanity (vain and empty -- "instead of abiding trust); neither will the Almighty regard it -- "
Shall he who would find fault with the Almighty contend with Him? He who disputes with God, let him answer it.
Behold, I am of small account and vile! What shall I answer You? I lay my hand upon my mouth.
Gird up your loins now like a man; I will demand of you, and you answer Me.
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness (uprightness, justice, and right standing with You)! You have freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; lighten the eyes [of my faith to behold Your face in the pitchlike darkness], lest I sleep the sleep of death,
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you up on high [and defend you];
Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.
O Lord, give victory; let the King answer us when we call.
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You answer not; and by night I am not silent or find no rest.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy and be gracious to me and answer me!
For in You, O Lord, do I hope; You will answer, O Lord my God.
Attend to me and answer me; I am restless and distraught in my complaint and must moan
That Your beloved ones may be delivered, save with Your right hand and answer us [or me].
By fearful and glorious things [that terrify the wicked but make the godly sing praises] do You answer us in righteousness (rightness and justice), O God of our salvation, You Who are the confidence and hope of all the ends of the earth and of those far off on the seas;
But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord. At an acceptable and opportune time, O God, in the multitude of Your mercy and the abundance of Your loving-kindness hear me, and in the truth and faithfulness of Your salvation answer me.
Hear and answer me, O Lord, for Your loving-kindness is sweet and comforting; according to Your plenteous tender mercy and steadfast love turn to me.
Hide not Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress; O answer me speedily!
Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and distressed, needy and desiring.
In the day of my trouble I will call on You, for You will answer me.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
Hide not Your face from me in the day when I am in distress! Incline Your ear to me; in the day when I call, answer me speedily.
That Your beloved [followers] may be delivered, save with Your right hand and answer us! [or me]!
Then shall I have an answer for those who taunt and reproach me, for I lean on, rely on, and trust in Your word.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, and in Your righteousness.
Answer me speedily, O Lord, for my spirit fails; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit (the grave).
Because I have called and you have refused [to answer], have stretched out my hand and no man has heeded it,
Then will they call upon me [Wisdom] but I will not answer; they will seek me early and diligently but they will not find me.
That you may exercise proper discrimination and discretion and your lips may guard and keep knowledge and the wise answer [to temptation].
A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment -- "how good it is!
The mind of the [uncompromisingly] righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue.
To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
He kisses the lips [and wins the hearts of men] who give a right answer.
Answer not a [self-confident] fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
Answer a [self-confident] fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes and conceit.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes and conceit than seven men who can render a reason and answer discreetly.
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