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Aner: husband, brother, father, son

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you, Deuteronomy 4:2

Even though it's been argued that "Aner" [Strong's #435] always means husbands, it's translated by the KJV translators as man, men, or men's 155 times, sirs 6 times, fellows once, and husband or husbands only 50 times.

It might seem strange to some that such an important word as "husbands" or "fathers" should have such a contradictory meaning in the Word of God, particularly considering the confusion this would cause.  But it's clear from the following verses that "aner" could not possibly mean "husbands":

Luk 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

Certainly the mother of Jesus was not espoused to marry a man who was already a husband.  Joseph was called an "aner" because he was a man, not a husband.

In the following verse, Paul, who was never married, referred to himself as an "aner", which means that it must mean "man" an not "husband", at least in this one verse:

Act 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

By referring to Paul as an "aner" in the following verses, the Romans confirm what Paul wrote above:

Act 23:27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.

Act 23:30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.