amen <281>

amhn amen

Origin:of Hebrew origin 0543 Nma
Reference:TDNT - 1:335,53
PrtSpch:particle indeclinable
In Greek:amhn 123, [amhn] 2
In NET:truth 49, solemn truth 48, Amen 25, Truly 1, the truth 1
In AV:verily 101, amen 51
Definition:1) firm
1a) metaph. faithful
2) verily, amen
2a) at the beginning of a discourse - surely, truly, of a
2b) at the end - so it is, so be it, may it be fulfilled. It was a
custom, which passed over from the synagogues to the Christian
assemblies, that when he who had read or discoursed, had
offered up solemn prayer to God, the others responded Amen, and
thus made the substance of what was uttered their own.
The word "amen" is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated
directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then
into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is
practically a universal word. It has been called the best known word
in human speech. The word is directly related -- in fact, almost
identical -- to the Hebrew word for "believe" (amam), or faithful.
Thus, it came to mean "sure" or "truly", an expression of absolute
trust and confidence. (HMM)
of Hebrew origin (543); properly, firm, i.e. (figuratively)
trustworthy; adverbially, surely (often as interjection, so be
it):-amen, verily.
see HEBREW for 0543

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