Updated: Dec 14, 2019
Today I would like to take a look at the word Amen. This word is spoken in every language and it is of Hebrew origin. It is more correctly pronounced, Ahmain.
In the New Testament it is usually translated as "amen", "verily" or "truly". In newer versions of the Bible it is sometimes translated as, "I tell you the truth" or "of a truth I tell you".
The word in Hebrew means, "an affirmation", "to stand", "let it be so", "agreement", "truth or faithful". It is used to affirm the words of others or your own words, that they are indeed true.
In Hebrew, the word ahmain, emunah (faith) and emet (truth) all come from the same root word (H539) meaning, "to believe, to build up or support, foster, faithful, true, trust, permanent, steadfast".
Scriptures using the word ahmain.
There are many scriptures using the translation of amen, but lets just look at two that use one of the other words to translate amen that is mentioned above.
Isa 65:16: So that he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth (ahmain); and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth (ahmain); because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes. (ASV) (Strong's number H543)
John 6:47 Verily (ahmain), verily (ahmain), I say unto you, He that believeth hath eternal life.(ASV) (Greek Strong's number G281) The ISV has "truly" instead of "verily".
How should we use the word ahmain and why? Ahmain is a word of affirmation. When you say amen or ahmain to someone, it means that you believe that the other person is speaking truth. You are standing in agreement with them and their words. Oftentimes we may be hasty in saying an amen to someone. Make sure you truly believe and trust their word or words before you give an affirmation that they are absolutely speaking the truth in every way. I assure you that when Yeshua (Jesus) said Amen to affirm the words of others that He was positive that their spoken word was truth.
What is truth? It must line up with His Word.
If someone speaks a word of truth over you in prayer, and you accept that word or prophecy, then give it a great big "ahmain", signifying that you believe every word that they just spoke over you. We can agree in our corporate or family prayer times by having everyone say "ahmain". What we are doing here is saying, "let it be so", "I stand in agreement".
Our words are powerful things. The spoken words of God's people change the world. Make sure your "ahmains" are used properly.
In John 6:47 (above) Yeshua gave us a very good example of a faithful and truthful promise. He assures us at the beginning that His words were about to be spoken in guaranteed truth. What was that faithful and truthful promise spoken from His lips, "He that believeth on me will have eternal life". No truer words have ever been spoken. We can definitely say, "I stand in agreement" and "let it be so" about those words.