an'-ser: 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; 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 (1Pe 3:15; Ac 24:10,25). (2) It may mean simply "to say" (Mr 9:6). (3) It may mean a revelation from God (Ro 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 (Ac 5:8).
G. H. Gerberding