declaration of affirmation found in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament
Amen (/ˌɑːˈmɛn/ or /ˌeɪˈmɛn/; Hebrew: אָמֵן, Modern amen Tiberian ʾāmēn; Greek: ἀμήν; Arabic: آمين, ʾāmīn; "So be it; truly") is a declaration of affirmation found in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
- I had many friends to help me to fall; but as to rising again, I was so much left to myself, that I wonder now I was not always on the ground. I praise God for His mercy; for it was He only Who stretched out His hand to me. May He be blessed for ever! Amen.
- Saint Teresa of Avila, in The Life of Saint Teresa of Jesus, (1 January 2004), p. 55
- The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
- Bible, in Stinchcombe parish magazine The parish magazine for Berkeley ..., (1870), p. 176
- And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
- Bible, in The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, (1881), p. 651
- And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
- Bible, in Code of Honor: Ethics, Personal Standards & Practical Wisdom for Men and ..., (2 March 2014), p. 124
- Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
- Bible, in Scientia Biblica: containing the New Testament, in the original ..., Volume 1 (1825), p. 101
- For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
- Bible, in The Promise of Provision: Living and Giving from God's Abundant Supply, (1 October 2011), p. 30
- For all the promises of God in him [Jesus Christ] are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
- Bible, in “The Promise of Provision: Living and Giving from God's Abundant Supply (1 October 2011)”, p. 30
- And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too.
- Bible, in Complete Evangelical Parallel Bible-PR-KJV/NKJV/NIV/NLT, (1 February 2013), p. 776
- John traces his passion for truth to the language of Jesus and his repeated use of the Hebrew phrase Amen, Amen, translated “truly”, “truly” or “verily”, “verily”. It is a formula familiar from the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- Bible, in Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife: Eternity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, (Google eBook) (25 July 2013), p. 21
- Amen is not the end of a prayer, it just gets us ready to go to the next level.
- Praise be to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.
- The Amen of nature is always a flower.
- Amen I say unto you, unless you turn and become a little child, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- Our father in heaven ...if we do not have the grace to thank Thee for all that we have and enjoy, how can we have the effrontery to seek Thy further blessings? God, grateful hearts. For Jesus sake, Amen.
- Peter Marshall, in Worth Repeating: More Than 5,000 Classic and Contemporary Quotes, (2003), p. 279
- To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
- Every time someone ends a prayer in the Western world they say Amen - that is the name of an Egyptian god associated with completion. So we're still praying to their gods.
- Whitley Strieber, in More Giants of the Genre, (1 January 2004), p. 14
- Dear God,
Please bring your Light
Into the darkened corners
Of our world today.
May Divine Love
Cast out all fear,
And peace prevail on earth.
For our errors.
Forgive others for theirs,
Please help us, God.
Amen in Catholic EncyclopediaEdit
Catholic Encyclopedia, in Amen
- So frequent was this Hebrew in the mouth of Our Saviour that it pleased the Holy Ghost to have it perpetuated in the Church of God.
- To strengthen or Confirm.
- Catholic Encyclopedia, a Hebrew word which St. Matthew attributes it to Our Lord twenty-eight times, and St. John in its doubled form twenty-six times,
- Amen, the Lord perform the words which thou hast prophesied.
- Jeremiah (28:6)
- Cursed be he that honoureth not his father and mother, and all the people shall say Amen.
- Jeremiah (28:6)
- Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from eternity; and let the people say Amen and a hymn to God.
- Chronicles (16:36)
- Amen, Amen, I say unto you, before Abraham was made, I am.
- Jesus, in New Testament
- These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness who is the beginning of the creation of God.
- Apocalypse (3:14)
- Else if thou shall bless with the spirit, how shall he that holdeth the place of the unlearned say Amen to thy blessing?
- Corinthians (14:16)
- Amen is a ratification by the people of what has been spoken, and it may be interpreted in our language as if they all said: May it so be done as the priest has prayed.
- Expositio Missæ by Gerbert (Men. Lit. Alere, II, 276)
- ...in the Churches of the East Amen is still commonly said after the form of baptism, sometimes by the bystanders, sometimes by the priest himself. In the prayers of exorcism it is the person exorcised who is expected to say "Amen", and in the conferring of sacred orders, when the vestments, etc., are given to the candidate by the bishop with some prayer of benediction, it is again the candidate who responds, just as in the solemn blessing of the Mass the people answer in the person of the server.
- As soon as the common prayers are ended and they (the Christians) have saluted one another with a kiss, bread and wine and water are brought to the president, who receiving them gives praise to the Father of all things by the Son and Holy Spirit and makes a long thanksgiving (eucharistian epi poly) for the blessings which He has vouchsafed to bestow upon them, and when he has ended the prayers and thanksgiving, all the people that are present forthwith answer with acclamation 'Amen'.
- Christian liturgy during Prayer of Consecration (Justin, I Apol., lxv, P.G., VI, 428)
- The Amen which in many liturgies is spoken by the faithful at the moment of receiving Holy Communion may also be traced back to primitive usage.
- The word Amen occurs not infrequently in early Christian inscriptions, and that it was often introduced into anathemas and gnostic spells. Moreover, as the Greek letters which form Amen according to their numerical values total 99 (alpha=1, mu=40, epsilon=8, nu=50), this number often appears in inscriptions, especially of Egyptian origin, and a sort of magical efficacy seems to have been attributed to its symbol.
- Word Amen is still employed in the ritual both of Jews and Mohammedans.
- A Muslim may pray a dua silently on his or her own, or listen to it as a member of a congregation, repeating “Amen” at its end (though pronouncing “Amen” slightly differently, as “ah-meen”.
- Mark J. Sedgwick (2006), in Islam & Muslims: A Guide to Diverse Experience in a Modern World, p. 70
- If indeed you are going to take away Islam from the face of the earth (amen), in particular from our beloved Indonesia (amen), we appeal, o Allah, that it is much better for us who have suffered so much to be taken away...
- In Political Islam in Indonesia: briefing book, (1994), p. 44
- It is a known fact (well almost) that this word can be found nowhere in the Quran. So why do the traditional Muslims hold such importance to a word that is not even mentioned in the final scripture? Yes, you guessed right, this word can be found in Hadith, the second source of religious (dis)information for the traditional Muslims after the Quran.
- Abu Huraira, in Sahih-al-Bukhari Vol. 6/Ch. 2 English translation by Dr. M. Muhsin Khan, quoted in The History of Amen
- When the Imam says: Ghair-il-Maghdubi 'Alaihim Walad-Dallin [i.e. not the path of those who earn Your anger, not the path of those who went astray ' (1:7)], then you must say, 'Amin', for if one's utterance of 'Amin' coincides with that of the angels then his past sins will be forgiven.
- In "The History of Amen"