Amen is one of the most familiar words to Christians. It originates from the Old Testament Hebrew word pronounced aw-mane, meaning sure or truly. The New Testament Greek word, pronounced am-ane, is derived directly from the earlier Hebrew word, with the same meaning. Although most commonly used for prayer (see our Prayer Requests pages and The Power Of Prayer), it had other uses in The Bible -
- In Isaiah 65:16, most Bible versions use "the God of truth," to translate the original Hebrew which literally says "the God of Amen."
- Jesus Christ often used the original word amen, which most Bible versions translate as "verily" or "truly" or "I tell you the truth." He often used it at the beginning of what He was saying, rather than at the end e.g. "I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18)
- In Revelation 3:14, Amen was used as a Title for Jesus Christ: "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation."
- It was used at the end of prayers to affirm the words and evoke the bringing about of them.(e.g. Psalm 41:13, 72:19, 89:52)
- Amen was also used to affirm an oath (e.g. Numbers 5:22, Deuteronomy 27:15-26, Nehemiah 5:13, 8:6, 1 Chronicles 16:36).
- Worshippers in the early Christian churches said "amen" at the end of prayer (e.g. 1 Corinthians 14:16).
- Amen was also used to represent God's promise - "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through Him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20).
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