WHAT DOES “AMEN” MEAN?

Amen (Hebrew: אָמֵן) is transliterated from Hebrew into both Greek (ἀμήν)and English, and probably into most languages of the world.

Did you know that the God in the Bible is the Amen God?

1. Deuteronomy 7:9“…God, the faithful (= Amen) God…”

Isaiah 49:7-“…the Lord that is faithful (= Amen)…”

Jeremiah 42:5-“The Lord be a true and faithful (Amen) Witness…”

2. Isaiah 65:16 (twice)- “… God of truth…”   (Your Bible might indicate in the margin “The God of Amen…”)

3. If God is faithful, His testimonies and precepts are sure (Amen).   See Psalm 19:7; 93:5; 111:7.

Hosea 5:9– God’s warnings are sure (Amen).

Isaiah 22:23,25; 33:16; 55:3– God’s promises are sure (Amen).

1 Samuel  2:35; 25:28; 1 Kings 11:38– A promised “sure (Amen) house.”

“Amen” is also used of men

 

The very next entry after "Amen" in the dictionary is AMENABLE

Proverbs 11:13– “… a faithful (Amen) spirit …”

Proverbs 25:13– ” … a faithful (Amen) messenger (= missionary)…”

Proverbs 27:6– “… Faithful (Amen) are the wounds of a friend…”

Proverbs 28:20– “… A faithful (Amen) man will abound with blessings…”

Isaiah 8:2-“… the faithful (Amen) witnesses …”

Hosea 11:12– ” … Judah…faithful (Amen) with the saints …”

Numbers 12:7 – “… Moses … faithful (Amen) in all Mine house—”

1 Samuel 2:35– “… [Samuel]…a faithful (Amen) priest…”

Nehemiah 7:2; 13:13– “… Nehemiah’s faithful (Amen) co-workers—the “Amen” men …”
Psalm 31:23; 101:6– “…The LORD preserves the faithful (the Amen ones)…”
Psalm 89:37– Christ’s Throne (typified by David’s) “…established…as a faithful (Amen) witness in heaven …”

5. Sometimes Israel used “Amen” to express assent to the Law and their willingness to submit to the penalty attached to the breach of it (Deuteronomy 27:15-26; Nehemiah 5:13—connected with praise here).

6. “Amen” is used to express acquiescence in another’s prayer (1 Kings 1:36), where it is defined as “[Let] God say so too.”

7. “Amen” is used in agreement with another’s thanksgiving (1 Chronicles 16:36), whether by an individual (Jeremiah 11:5) or by a congregation (Psalm 106:48).

8. “Amen” was used in unified (congregational) praise to the Lord (1 Chronicles 16:36; Nehemiah 5:13).

9. “Amen, Amen was used in solemn worship of God (Nehemiah 8:6).

10. “Amen and Amen” was used for emphasis in blessing God and His eternal glory (See Psalm 41:13; 72:18; 89:52).

11. In Jeremiah 11:5, the prophet says, “So be it (Amen), Lord.”

Thus “Amen” is used by God = “It is and shall be so.” It is used by man to God = “”So let it be.”

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Use of “Amen” in the New Testament

13. “Amen” is used once as the name of Christ (Revelation 3:14), God’s faithful One.

14. All of God’s promises and purposes are “Amen” (or  established) in Christ (2  Corinthians 1:20).

15. The early Christian Church followed Israel’s example, in associating themselves audibly with others’ prayers  and thanksgivings (1 Corinthians 14:16). Here the NASB has the better rendering, “the Amen,” which points to a common practice.

16. This “Amen” custom conforms to the pattern of things in Heaven (see Revelation  1:18; 5:14; 7:12; 19:4—mostly connected with the worship of God.)

17. Christ used “Amen” to His Apostle John the Apostle (Revelation 1:18).

18. Christ’s coming again, “Amen” was used to express “let it be so” in response to the Divine, “Thus it shall be” (Revelation 22:20).

19. “Amen” was usually added to the end of prayers and doxologies (see Matthew 6:13; Romans 9:5;11:36; 15:33; Galatians 1:5; Ephesians 3:21; Philippians 4:20; 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:16; 2 Tim. 4:18; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Peter 4:11; 5:11; 2 Peter 3:18; Revelation 1:6; 7:12; Jude 25, etc.).

20. Paul closed all his epistles with “Amen.” (See Romans 16:27) The Gospels close with “Amen,” but not the book of Acts; some conjecture that God’s work in this particular instance (spreading the Gospel) is thought to be in progress or ongoing.

21. The Lord Jesus often used “Amen ( “verily” or “truly” in some translations), to introduce new revelations of the mind of God.    In John’s Gospel “Amen, Amen” is used 25 times.

22. Luke never uses “Amen” as Matthew (16:28) and Mark (9:1) do. Luke uses “Of a truth” (9:27; 12:44; 21:3), so throwing some additional light on “Amen’s meaning.

Amen’s possible meanings (Verb, noun and adjective)

“To build up, support, render firm or faithful, trust, be permanent, be true or certain, have assurance, to believe, establish, be faithful, steadfast, sure, trusty, verified, truth, faithfulness, firm, trustworthy, surely, verily, “so be it.”

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Agree, Agreement, Concord

 

It's not a symphony; it's a hearty Amen!

συμφωνέω (transliteration: symphōneō) literally means “to sound together.” It conveys “to be in accord,” and is primarily used of musical instruments. Hence, we have the word “symphony.”

 

It is used in the New Testament concerning agreement in seven ways:

1. Of persons concerning a matter in prayer (Matthew 18:19).

2. Of persons concerning   a matter of working at an agreed wage (Matthew 20:2,13).

3. Of persons concerning a matter of deceiving (Acts 5:9).

4. Of the writers of Scripture (Acts 15:15).

5. Of things that are said to be congruous in their nature (Luke 5:36).

6. As a noun (συμφωνέω), “concord” in 1 Corinthians 6:15. “What concord hath Christ with Belial?” (King James Version)

7. Regarding music (noun again) in Luke 15:25.

However, Christians and Jews are primarily concerned with #1 above and that is why we say “Amen” at the close of our prayers—with which we agree.

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