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Entry for Strong's #281 - ἀμήν

Transliteration
amḗn
Phonetics
am-ane'  
Word Origin
of Hebrew origin (0543)
Parts of Speech
N/A
TDNT
1:335,53
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. firm
    1. metaph. faithful
  2. verily, amen
    1. at the beginning of a discourse - surely, truly, of a truth
    2. 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
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 543 ‑ אָמֵן (aw‑mane');  6004 ‑ עָמַם (aw‑mam');  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (152) NAS (129) HCS (128)
Matthew 32
Mark 15
Luke 8
John 26
Romans 7
1 Corinthians 2
2 Corinthians 2
Galatians 2
Ephesians 2
Philippians 2
Colossians 1
1 Thessalonians 1
2 Thessalonians 1
1 Timothy 3
2 Timothy 2
Titus 1
Philemon 1
Hebrews 2
1 Peter 3
2 Peter 1
1 John 1
2 John 1
Jude 1
Revelation 9
Matthew 31
Mark 13
Luke 6
John 25
Romans 6
1 Corinthians 2
2 Corinthians 1
Galatians 2
Ephesians 1
Philippians 1
1 Timothy 2
2 Timothy 1
Hebrews 1
1 Peter 2
2 Peter 1
Jude 1
Revelation 7
Matthew 31
Mark 13
Luke 6
John 50
Romans 5
1 Corinthians 1
2 Corinthians 1
Galatians 2
Ephesians 1
Philippians 1
1 Thessalonians 1
1 Timothy 2
2 Timothy 1
Hebrews 1
1 Peter 2
2 Peter 1
Jude 1
Revelation 8
BYZ TIS TR
HEB 154
HEB 95
HEB 152
NA WH
PRT 95
V-PAPAPM 1
HEB 136


Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἀμήν,

Hebr. Adv. verily, of a truth, so be it, LXX 1 Chronicles 16:36; at beginning of sentence, Matthew 5:18, al.; doubled, John 1:51, al.; τὸ ἀ. 1 Corinthians 14:16.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀμήν, Hebrew אָמֵן;

1. verbal adjective (from אָמַן to prop; Niph. to be firm), firm, metaphorically, faithful: ἀμήν, Rev. iii. 14 (where is added μάρτυς πιστός καί ἀληθινός).

2. it came to be used as an adverb by which something is asserted or confirmed:

a. at the beginning of a discourse, surely, of a truth, truly; so frequent in the discourses of Christ in Matthew, Mark, and Luke: ἀμήν λέγω ὑμῖν 'I solemnly declare unto you,' e. g. Matthew 5:18; Mark 3:28; Luke 4:24. The repetition of the word (ἀμήν ἀμήν), employed by John alone in his Gospel (twenty-five times), has the force of a superlative, most assuredly: John 1:51 (); .

b. at the close of a sentence; so it is, so be it, may it be fulfilled (γένοιτο, the Sept. Numbers 5:22; Deuteronomy 27:15, etc.): Romans 1:25; Romans 9:5; Galatians 1:5; Ephesians 3:21; Philippians 4:20; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Peter 4:11; Revelation 1:6, and often; cf. Jeremiah 11:5; Jeremiah 35:6 (); 1 Kings 1:30. It was a custom, which passed over from the synagogues into the Christian assemblies, that when he who had read or discoursed had offered up a solemn prayer to God, the others in attendance responded Amen, and thus made the substance of what was uttered their own: 1 Corinthians 14:16 (τό ἀμήν, the well-known response Amen), cf. Numbers 5:22; Deuteronomy 27:15ff; Nehemiah 5:13; Nehemiah 8:6. 2 Corinthians 1:20 αἱ ἐπαγγελίαι ... τό ναί, καί ... τό ἀμήν, i. e. had shown themselves most sure. (Cf. B. D. under the word .)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἀμνή ,

indecl.

(Heb. H543, verbal adj. fr. H539, to prop, ni., be firm),

[in LXX: 1 Chronicles 16:36, 1 Esdras 9:46, Nehemiah 5:13; Nehemiah 8:6-8, Nehemiah 4:15, 3 Maccabees 7:23, 4 Maccabees 18:24 (elsewhere ״א is rendered ἀληθινός , Isaiah 65:16; ἀληθῶς , Jeremiah 28:6; γένοιτο , Numbers 5:22, Deuteronomy 27:15 ff, 1 Kings 1:36, Psalms 41:13; Psalms 72:19; Psalms 106:48, Jeremiah 11:5)*.]

1. As adj. (cf. Isa, l.c.), ὁ ἀ ., Revelation 3:14

2. As adv.,

(a) in solemn assent to the statements or prayers of another (Nu, Ne, etc., ll. c.): τό ἀ ., 1 Corinthians 14:16;

(b) similarly, at the end of one's own prayer or ascription of praise: Romans 1:25; Romans 15:33, Galatians 1:5, 1 Timothy 1:17;

(c) in the Gospels, exclusively, introducing solemn statements of our Lord, truly, verily: Matthew 5:18; Matthew 5:26, Mark 3:28 (v. Swete, in l), Luke 4:24, al.; . ., always in Jo 1:52, 3:3, 5:19, al.; τὸ ναί , καὶ . . . τὸ ἀ ., 2 Corinthians 1:20 (on usage in Papyri, v. MM, VGT, s.v.).


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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

۹θ is a common symbol in the Christian papyri for ἀμήν, 99 being the sum of the numerical equivalents of the letters (1 + 40 + 8 + 50) : see e.g. P Oxy VI. 925.7 (v/vi A.D.), where a prayer for guidance regarding a certain journey concludes—γένοιτο, ۹θ, ";so be it; Amen,"; and P Iand I. 6.16 (a Christian amulet—v/vi A.D.) with the editor’s note. In P Oxy VII. 1058 (iv/v A.D.) the word is written out in full, ὁ θ (εὸ)ς τῶν παρακειμένων σταυρῶν, βοήθησον τὸν δοῦλόν σου Ἀπφουᾶν. ἀμήν, ";O God of the crosses that are laid upon us, help thy servant Apphouas. Amen."; (Ed.)

 

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List of Word Forms
αμην αμήν ἀμην ἀμήν ἀμὴν αμητόν αμητός αμητού αμητώ αμήτω amen amēn amḗn amḕn
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