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Amen (â-mĕn'), firm, faithful, verily. The proper signification of this word is that one person confirms the words of another, and expresses his wish for the success and accomplishment of the other's vows and declarations. Thus it is used in Numbers 5:22; Deuteronomy 27:15-26; 1 Kings 1:36; Jeremiah 28:6. Also after ascriptions of praise, Psalms 106:48; and in A. V. of Matthew 6:12, but omitted in R. V. Again, we find it at the beginning of a sentence, to signify the firm certainty of what was about to be said, as very frequently in our Lord's addresses (Matthew 25:40; John 3:3; John 3:5; John 3:11, and in other places), where it is usually rendered "verily." The promises of the gospel, too, are said to be "yea, and amen," 2 Corinthians 1:20, to indicate their stability. And once the word is used as a proper name. Revelation 3:14, applied to him from whose lips every syllable is assured truth; so that, though heaven and earth should pass, nothing that he has spoken can remain unaccomplished. Matthew 24:35.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Amen'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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