Meaning of Amen
What is Amen:
Amen means "so be it", "so it is". In some contexts it also means "in truth" or "certainly". It is used as a confirmation and affirmation formula in many religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This word is one of the most frequent liturgical acclamations, and is generally used as a formula to conclude sentences.
Origin of the word "amen"
This word comes from the Hebrew אמן ("in truth", "certainly") pronounced āmēn. The root of this word indicates firmness and security, and in Hebrew it coincides with the root of the word "faith." It is also said that it may in turn come from Semitic languages such as the Aramaic. Later, it derived to the Greek ἀμήν and from there to latin Amen. Originally, it was used in Judaism, later its use spread to other religions such as Christianity and Islam.
Amen in Christianity
In Christianity it is used in a generalized way as a formula to conclude sentences. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is presented using this word twice ("Amen, Amen") at the beginning of some of his speeches and is usually translated as "Truly, truly." For example in "Truly, truly, I tell you: the who believes in me ... " (Jn 14:12). It also appears in the Book of Revelation when Jesus Christ is called "the Amen": "Here is the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation ... " (Rev 3:14).
Amen in Judaism
In the Hebrew Bible this word appears several times. Used at the beginning or end of a sentence. It is normally used in response to a blessing and as a way of expressing affirmation before a statement. In the Talmud it is indicated that the word "amen" is an acronym that could be translated as "God, King who can be trusted".
Amen in Islam
In Islam this word is used (آمين, in Arabic) at the end of a sentence with the meaning of "so be it" or "so it is" as a way to express confirmation and affirmation.
Other uses of the word "amen"
In addition to being used as a religious formula, the word "amen" is used in Spanish in other contexts. In colloquial language, it appears in several expressions:
- "Say amen to everything." It means agreeing to feel everything. In this case, the word "amen" can be substituted for "yes."
- "In a jiffy" or "in a saying amen". It means in a short time. In the first case, jiffy is formed from the last words that are used in the formula to cross oneself in Latin "In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen". It is equivalent to other expressions such as "in a second" or "in a moment".
- "Get to the amenes". In this case, the word "amen" used in the plural. It means to arrive when something is finishing.
The word "amen" is also used together with the preposition "de" meaning "in addition to". For example: "Amen to the reports, you have to do the invoices." This use would be typical of formal language.