Monday, September 6, 2010

“Verily, verily"

Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν
“Verily, verily, I am saying to you” or “Truly, truly, I am saying to you”
Have you ever wondered what “verily, verily” means?  It is the greek word where we get “amen” (ἀμὴν).  Jesus used it to reassure to those who he was speaking to that what he was saying was true; "I most assuredly am saying to you" or "truly, I am saying to you."  Christians (and Paul’s letters) placed it at the end of a known truth or at the end of a prayer; "so let it be" or “amen.”  Paraphrased from BDAD. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd Edition

RB

2 comments:

  1. Thank you. I am thankful I found this wonderful explanation. Sincerely, Laura Lee Reid

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    1. Verily verily thank you!

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