At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to babes. Bible

“Jesus answered and said.” The original text has the phrase, “answered and said” more than 100 times in the Bible, and it can sometimes be confusing because it is often used when no one asked a question. The phrase is an idiom, but it has a literal overtone behind it. The person who “answered and said” may not have been answering a direct question from someone, but they were answering and addressing the situation that was presenting itself before them. For example, in this case, Jesus was answering (to himself and God) the question, “Why do people who are supposedly wise not know the great spiritual truths that people of much lower status in society and who have much less education seem to know and understand?”

Commentary for: Matthew 11:25