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amen

This is a Hebrew word which means so be it, trustworthy, truly, faithful, firm, surely, verily (Rev. 3:14).

The promises of God are amen, that is, they are all true and sure (2 Cor. 1:20). In fact, Amen is once used as a title of Jesus Christ (Rev. 3:14).

Amen is often used to reinforce statements in the Bible:

  • It is frequently used by our Savior to give emphasis to his words, where it is translated “verily” in the King James Bible which means “truly.” The NIV translates amen as “I tell you the truth.” In John’s Gospel, amen is sometimes repeated (amen, amen), which the King James Bible translates as “verily, verily.” The New King James Version translates a double amen as “most assuredly”. The NRSV uses “very truly.”

  • Amen is found singly and sometimes doubly at the end of prayers (Ps. 41:13; 72:19; 89:52), to confirm the words and invoke the fulfillment of them.

  • Amen is used to seal oaths (Deut. 27:15-26; Num. 5:22; Neh. 5:13; 8:6; 1 Chr. 16:36).
  • In many Christian churches, it was once common for the general audience to say “Amen” at the close of the prayer (1 Cor. 14:16).

Amen was used in prayer (1 Kings 1:36; 1 Chr. 16:36; Neh. 8:6; Psa 41:3; 72:19; 89:52: 106:48; Jer. 28:6; Matt. 6:13; 1 Cor. 14:16; Rev. 5:14; 19:4.)

In Isa. 65:16, the King James Bible has “the God of truth,” which in Hebrew is “the God of Amen.”

Author: Matthew G. Easton and Paul S. Taylor.

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