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Amen
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Amen
Amen (אָמֵן‎, amen). A Hebrew word that has served as a declaration of affirmation and as the closing exclamation of agreement to a doxology or prayer in Jewish and Christian liturgy.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Amen
AMEN [Heb ʾāmēn (אָמֵן)]. Within the Hebrew Bible, “Amen” typically appears at the close of commands, blessings, curses, doxologies, and prayers. Fundamentally, it is used to confirm what has been said before, by way of response (Num 5:22; Deut 27:15–26; 1 Kgs 1:36; Jer 11:5; 28:6; 1 Chr 16:36; Neh
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Amen
Amen. Hebrew word meaning “so it is” or “let it be,” derived from a verb meaning “to be firm or sure.” Some translations of the Bible always retain the Hebrew word amen in the text. Others translate it by an expression such as “truly” or “I tell you the truth,” or sometimes omit it altogether. Because
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Amen
Amen ā-menʹ (in ritual speech and in singing ämen´, ä´men) [Heb. ’āmēn < ’mn—‘be firm,’ ‘be reliable’; Gk. amé̄n]. A particle expressing affirmation, equivalent to “so be it.” It occurs twice as a noun in Isa. 65:16, “God of truth” (NEB “God of Amen”). Elsewhere in the OT it is used as a solemn
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Amen
AMEN Hebrew word meaning “so it is” or “let it be,” derived from a verb meaning “to be firm or sure.” Some translations of the Bible always retain the Hebrew word amen in the text. Others translate it by an expression such as “truly” or “I tell you the truth,” or sometimes omit it altogether. Because
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Amen
amen (ah-men´, ay´men´), a Hebrew word conveying a sense of certainty, truthfulness, and faithfulness. It is used throughout the Bible as a liturgical response at the end of psalms and doxologies in which the congregation affirms what has been prayed by saying Amen, “So be it” (e.g., Pss. 41:13; 72:19;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Amen
AMEN. This was the customary Jewish assent to commands (1 Kgs 1:36) and prayers (Neh 5:13; 8:6), and is rendered in LXX by the optative of wish (genoitō), “So be it.” Jesus used it before statements to certify what followed (Mt 5:18, “verily”). Christians employed it after prayers to signify the listener’s
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Amen
AMEN. Heb. ’amēn, ‘surely’, from a root meaning ‘to be firm, steady, trustworthy’; cf. ’emûnâ, ‘faithfulness, ’emeṯ, ‘truth’. It is used in the OT as a liturgical formula in which a congregation or individual accepts both the validity of an oath or curse and its consequences (Nu. 5:22; Dt. 27:15ff.;
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Amen
Amen (Heb. ʾāmēn; Gk. amḗn)Transliteration of a Hebrew root implying truth, veracity, steadfastness. In both the OT and NT it accompanies weighty statements such as royal or divine pronouncements. The woman accused of adultery under the Mosaic law was to respond to the procedure for ascertaining
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Amen
Amen [äˊmĕnˊ, āˊmĕnˊ], Heb. ˒āmēn, from ˒mn niphal “be firm, reliable”; hiphil “believe, trust in”; Gk. amḗn). An exclamation of affirmation or endorsement, frequently used in liturgical contexts.
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Amen
AmenAmen is used one hundred times in the Gospels—thirty-one times by Matthew, thirteen times by Mark, six times by Luke and twenty-five times (always doubled, “amen, amen”) by John. The word is simply a transliteration of the Greek word amēn, which in turn is a transliteration of the Hebrew ʾāmēn,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Amen
AMEN (Hebrew, “so be it,” “so it is,” or “it is true”) A hallowed expression used extensively at the end of doxologies, prayers, blessings, and curses as an affirmation or acceptance of what has been said or gone before (Num 5:22; Deut 27:15–26; 1 Kgs 1:36; Jer 11:5; 28:6). “Amen” was a confirmation
Key passages
Dt 27:15–26

‘Cursed be the man that makes a divine image or a cast image, which is a detestable thing for Yahweh, the work of the hand of a skilled craftsman, and then sets it in a hiding place.’ And all the people shall respond, ‘Amen.’ ‘Cursed be the one who dishonors his father or his mother.’ And …

Ps 41:13

Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

Ro 1:25

who exchanged the truth of God with a lie, and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed for eternity. Amen.

Re 3:14

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: “This is what the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God’s creation, says: