'Answer' in the Bible
Joseph blurted out, "I'm Joseph! Is my father really alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, because they had become terrified to be in his presence.
As the sound of the ram's horn grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer with thunder.
In answer, Balaam told them, "Stay here for the night and I'll bring back a message to you, depending on what the LORD says to me." So the officers of Moab stayed with Balaam overnight.
Then they will answer themselves,
Her wise attendants find an answer for her; in fact, she tells the same words to herself:
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the boy, so Eli told Samuel, "Go lie down, and then if he calls you, answer, "Speak, LORD, because your servant is listening.'" Then Samuel went and lay down.
When all of this comes about, you will cry out because of your king whom you chose for yourselves, but the LORD won't answer you at that time."
Saul inquired of God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?" But God did not answer him that day.
David called out to the army and to Ner's son Abner, "Abner, won't you answer me?" Abner answered: "Who are you who calls out to the king?"
Saul inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him, either through dreams or Urim or through prophets.
Samuel told Saul, "Why did you disturb me by bringing me up?" Saul said, "I'm in great distress. The Philistines are waging war against me. God has departed from me and won't answer me anymore, either by messages written by the hand of the prophets or by dreams. So I've summoned you to tell me what I should do."
In answer to Joab, Absalom replied, "Look, I sent for you, telling you "Come here so I can send you to the king to ask him "What's the point in moving here from Geshur? I would have been better off to have remained there!"' So let me see the king's face, and if I'm guilty of anything, let him execute me!"
So Gad went to David and asked him, "Shall seven years of famine come to your land, or three months of reversals while you flee from your enemies as they pursue you, or three days of pestilence in your land? Decide right now what I am to answer to the one who sent me."
They will answer, "Because they abandoned the LORD their God, who brought their ancestors out of the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and served them. That's why the Lord has brought all of this disaster on them.'"
As a result, he asked them, "What's your advice so that we can give an answer to these people who have asked me, "Please lighten the burden that your father put on us.'?"
So they took the ox that was given to them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from early morning until noon. "Baal! Answer us!" they cried. But there was no response. Nobody answered. So they kept on dancing around the altar that they had made.
Answer me, LORD! Answer me so that this people may know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning back their hearts again."
After delivering Ahab's answer, the envoys returned with this message: "This is what Ben-hadad says: "I've sent my envoys to you to tell you that your silver, gold, wives, and children are to be given to me.
But the people remained silent and did not answer with even so much as a word, because the king's order was, "Don't answer him."
Either three years of famine, or three months of reversals as you are swept away by your enemies while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or three days with the sword of the LORD, consisting of pestilence infecting the land, with the angel of the LORD wreaking destruction from border to border throughout all of Israel.' Decide right now what I am to answer to the one who sent me."
They will answer, "Because they abandoned the LORD God of their ancestors, who brought them from the land of Egypt, adopted other gods, worshipped them, and served them, therefore the LORD has brought all of this disaster on them.'"
As a result, he asked them, "What's your advice, so we can give an answer to these people who have asked me, "Please lighten the burden that your father put on us'?"
Micaiah replied, "You'll learn the answer to that question when the day comes that you run away to hide yourself in a closet!"
In answer, we responded with a list of the names of the men who were building the structure.
In answer they responded, "We are servants of the God of heaven and earth, and are rebuilding the Temple that was built many years ago by a great king of Israel.
"Cry out, won't you! Is there anyone who will answer you? To whom will you turn among the holy ones?
If one were to seek to argue with him, he won't be able to answer him even once in a thousand times.
So how am I to answer him, choosing what I am to say to him?
Even if I'm in the right, I cannot answer him. I can only appeal for mercy.
"Were I to be summoned, and he were to answer me, I wouldn't even believe that he was listening to what I have to say.
He's not a man like me, so that I can answer him, or that we can enter into litigation with one another.
You'll call and I'll answer you; you'll long for your creatures that your hands have made.
"Although I cried out "Violence!' I received no answer; I cried for help, but there was no justice.
"Therefore my anxious thoughts cause me to answer because I'm agitated within me.
I cry for help to you, but you won't answer me; I stand still, but you only look at me.
what will I do when God stands up to act? When he asks the questions, how will I answer him?
"Who will grant me a hearing? Here's my signature let the Almighty answer! Since my adversary indicted me,
Indeed, I paid close attention to you all, but none of you were able to refute Job or answer his arguments convincingly.
"I will contribute my arguments as an answer; I'll declare what I know,
Answer me, if you can! Present your case! Take your stand in my presence!
If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, because I'd be happy to vindicate you.
"They cry out there, but he doesn't answer because of the arrogance of those who practice evil.
"Should the one who is fighting the Almighty find fault with him? Let God's accuser answer."
"I must look insignificant to you! How can I answer you? I'm speechless.
I spoke once, but I can't answer; I tried a second time, but I won't do so anymore."
When I call, answer me, my righteous God! When I was in distress, you set me free. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
LORD, in the morning you will hear my voice; in the morning I will pray to you, and I will watch for your answer.
Look at me! Answer me, LORD, my God! Give light to my eyes! Otherwise, I will sleep in death;
I call upon you, for you will answer me, God. Listen closely to me and hear my prayer.
They cried out for deliverance, but there was no one to deliver; they cried out to the LORD, but he did not answer them.
May the LORD answer you in the day of distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
Deliver us, LORD! Answer us, our King, on the day we cry out! To the Director: A Davidic Psalm.
My God, I cry out to you throughout the day, but you do not answer; and throughout the night, but I have no rest.
Hear my voice, LORD, when I cry out! Be gracious to me and answer me.
To you, LORD, I cry out! My Rock, do not refuse to answer me. If you remain silent, I will become like those who descend into the Pit.
Because I have placed my hope in you, LORD, you will answer, Lord, my God.
Pay attention to me and answer me. I moan and groan in my thoughts,
So your loved ones may be delivered, save us by your power and answer us quickly!
With awesome deeds of justice you will answer us, God our Deliverer; you are the confidence for everyone at the ends of the earth, even for those far away overseas.
As for me, LORD, may my prayer to you come at a favorable time. God, in the abundance of your gracious love, answer me with your sure deliverance.
Answer me, LORD, for your gracious love is good; Turn to me in keeping with your great compassion,
and do not ignore your servant, because I am in distress. Hurry to answer me!
LORD, listen and answer me, for I am afflicted and needy.
In my troubled times I will call on you, for you will answer me.
When he calls out to me, I will answer him. I will be with him in his distress. I will deliver him, and I will honor him.
Do not hide your face from me when I am in trouble. Listen to me. When I call to out you, hurry to answer me!
In order that those you love may be rescued, deliver with your power and answer me!
Then I can answer the one who insults me, for I place my trust in your word.
I have cried out with all of my heart. Answer me, LORD! I will observe your statutes.
LORD, hear my prayer; pay attention to my request, because you are faithful; answer me in your righteousness.
Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit is failing. Do not hide your face from me; otherwise, I will become like those who descend to the Pit,
"Then they will call out to me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
An appropriate answer brings joy to a person, and a well-timed word is a good thing.
A kiss on the lips that's what someone who gives an honest answer deserves.
Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his foolishness, or he will think himself to be wise.
I opened the door for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away; he was gone! My very life went out when he departed. I searched for him, but couldn't find him. I called out to him, but he didn't answer.
In answer, all of them will tell you, "You've also become as weak as we are! You have become just like us!'
How will they answer the messengers of the nation? "The LORD has founded Zion, and in it the afflicted among his people will find refuge."
Look! Here come riders, each man with a pair of horses!" They're shouting out the answer: "Babylon has fallen, has fallen, and they have shattered all the images of her gods on the ground!
Indeed, you people who live in Zion and in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious the LORD will be to you at the sound of your cry! As soon as he hears it, he will answer you.
But the people remained silent and didn't respond to him with so much as a single word, because the king had commanded, "Don't answer him."
"As for the poor, the needy, those seeking water when there is none and their tongues are parched from thirst I, the LORD, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, won't abandon them.
But when I look, there is no one among them there's no one to give counsel, no one to give an answer when I ask them.
And they lift it on their shoulders, carry it, set it up in its place, and there it stands. It cannot move from that spot. One may even call to it, but it cannot answer nor save him from his distress.
"This what the LORD says: "I'll answer you in a time of favor, and on a day of salvation I'll help you. I have watched over you, and given you as a covenant for the people, to restore the land, to reassign the inheritances that have been devastated;
Why is it that when I came, no one was there? Why was there no answer when I called? Was my arm too short to redeem you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? Look! By my mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert. Their fish stink for lack of water and die of thirst.
Then you'll call, and the LORD will answer; you'll cry for help, and he'll respond, "Here I am.' "If you do away with the yoke among you, and pointing fingers and malicious talk;
I'll consign you to the sword, and all of you will bend down for the slaughter because when I called, you didn't answer, when I spoke, you didn't listen; but you did what was evil in my sight, and chose what I took no pleasure in."
Before they call, I will answer, while they are still speaking, I'll hear.
Now, because you have done all these things," declares the LORD, "I spoke to you over and over again, but you didn't listen. I called to you, but you didn't answer.
"You will tell them all these things, but they won't listen to you. You will call out to them, but they won't answer you.
Since you're saying, "We have an oracle of the LORD,' therefore this is what the LORD says: He will answer your message with this message, "Burden of the LORD,' and I'll send you away with these words: "Don't say, "Oracle of the LORD."'
"Call to me and I'll answer you, and will tell you about great and hidden things that you don't know.'
Therefore, this is what the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel says: "Look, I'm bringing on Judah and all the residents of Jerusalem all the disaster that I pronounced against them, because I spoke to them, but they didn't listen, and I called out to them, but they didn't answer."'"
Answer them, "This is what the Lord GOD says, "This oracle concerns the prince of Jerusalem and the whole of Israel's house that is in their midst.
Therefore, speak up and tell them, "This is what the Lord GOD says, "Every person from Israel's house who follows his idols and sets the stumbling block that is his own sin in front of his face, and then consults a prophet, I the LORD will answer him according to how many idols he embraces.
For when a native Israeli or a resident alien abandons me to set up idols in his heart behind my back, and then places the stumbling block of his iniquity right in front of his own face, then approaches a prophet to inquire of me on behalf of his own self-interest, I, the LORD will answer him myself.
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