שיעור של עברית
Your Hebrew Lesson
שיעור אחד—Lesson One: Amen
English Translation: Amen
Transliteration/Pronunciation: oh-main; amen;
Meaning/Background: means “so be it” or truly; an affirmation, generally—but not limited to—used in prayer from Old Testament times to today.
Commentary: Your first Hebrew word is Amen. Surprised? I bet you didn’t know that you’ve been speaking Hebrew for years!
In the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) when the Children of Israel made a commitment to the Lord, they cried out, “Amen!” Moses explained the Ten Commandments to them and the repercussions/curses if they broke them. Each curse was followed by the Israelites’ resounding amen—so be it.
Later, especially in the psalms, amen affirmed God’s praises and acknowledged His greatness.
In the New Testament, amen was used in a similar way as in the psalms.
Today we use amen for prayers, praise and other affirmations of God’s truth.
“‘Cursed is the man who carves an image or casts an idol—a thing detestable to the LORD, the work of the craftsman's hands—and sets it up in secret.’ Then all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’" Deuteronomy 27:15.
“Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.” Psalm 41:13
“If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say ‘Amen’ to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?” 1 Corinthians 14:16.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.” Revelation 1:17.