â€œBlessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.â€ (Psalm 106:48)
by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
any is the speaker who, after he has made some point which he considers especially good, will then say: â€œAnd all the people said, â€˜Amenâ€™â€ (meaning â€œthatâ€™s right!â€).
It is interesting to note the biblical examples of such a demonstration. There are 16 times in which this or a similar statement occurs in the Bibleâ€”all in the Old Testament. Twelve of these are found in Deuteronomy 27:14-26 with the people so responding after the pronouncement of a â€œcurseâ€ on those who commit various sins. The last curse is as follows: â€œCursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amenâ€ (v. 26) in agreement with the judgment.
King David described his thanksgiving for the return of the Ark of the Covenant with, â€œBlessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORDâ€ (1 Chronicles 16:36). When Jerusalemâ€™s wall restoration was being delayed and Nehemiah had to rebuke some of his people for their covetousness, threatening Godâ€™s judgment on them if they did not repent, then â€œall the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promiseâ€ (Nehemiah 5:13). After the wall was finished, as Ezra read the Scriptures to the people, â€œEzra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amenâ€ (Nehemiah 8:6). The final such reference is in our text.
If we follow biblical precedent, therefore, whenever Godâ€™s Word is read to a congregation, either in denunciation of sin or thanksgiving for blessing and revival, or simply in praising the Lord for His eternal goodness, it is appropriate for the people to respond with a heartfelt â€œAmen!â€ HMM