What does "amen" mean?


#1

I've heard that it means "let it be," but in what sense does it mean this? Is it a request like "please let what I have prayed for be?" Is it a submission to God as in "let it be according to Your will?" Is it some other sense of the phrase or a different phrase entirely?


#2

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I've heard that it means "let it be," but in what sense does it mean this? Is it a request like "please let what I have prayed for be?" Is it a submission to God as in "let it be according to Your will?" Is it some other sense of the phrase or a different phrase entirely?

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I was told it meant "I agree"


#3

I am pretty sure it means “let it be” or “it stands as it is”


#4

It means “so be it” in Hebrew.


#5

It's also often translated as "truly" in context of Christ's sayings that begin "Amen, Amen, I say to you..."


#6

I was always taught that it meant "I believe".


#7

So was I. Here’s how CA answers the question:

catholic.com/quickquestions/what-exactly-does-amen-mean


#8

‘So be it’ - so sayeth the google…


#9

I always thought it was a contraction of the Hebrew: אני מאמין, I believe.


#10

In Hebrew and Greek it means verily, truly, so be it


#11

Like Cosi sia in Italian, its emphatic. Like saying that's the way it is! Verrai!


#12

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