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Hebrew: אָמֵן

Greek: ἀμήν

Meaning: “so be it; truly;” it is true

also translated as: truly and verily

Amen is a Hebrew word. The promises of God are amen, that is, they are all true and sure (2 Corinthians 1:20).

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

At the end of sentences may be paraphrased by: So let it be.

Amen was often used in prayers recorded in Scripture (1 Kings 1:36; 1 Chronicles 16:36; Neh. 8:6; Psa 41:3; 72:19; 89:52: 106:48; Jeremiah 28:6; Matthew 6:13; 1 Corinthians 14:16; Rev. 5:14; 19:4.)

The word was used with enthusiasm.

…And all the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen!’ —Deuteronomy 27:15-26 NKJV

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen. —Psalm 41:13 NKJV

Jesus Christ used the word.

…For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. —Matthew 6:13b NKJV—the Lord’s prayer

Jesus Christ is called “The Amen,” as a title.

To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this… —Rev. 3:14 NASB

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 recorded in Scripture (Psalms 41:13; 72:19; 89:52), to confirm the words and invoke the fulfillment of them.

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

First appearance in Scripture:

…Then the woman shall say, “Amen, so be it.” —Numbers 5:22b NKJV

Last appearance in the Bible:

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! —Revelation 22:20 NKJV

Article Version: April 28, 2018