In the New Testament, all of the books end with “amen, ” except for Acts and James. Why?
Which books end with “amen?” The answer is a surprise. It depends on the translation. Here is a list of those books that end in “amen” by translation. “Amen” occurs at the end of only six books in the New American Standard (NASB) Bible. If we look at the New King James Version (NKJV) Bible, we find that “amen” occurs at the end of most of the books because it follows a different Greek text. At the end of Philippians, the New International Version (NIV) adds the statement, “Some manuscripts do not have Amen.” This is what we are seeing. Different translations are following different Greek texts. The fact that there are such slight changes is insignificant. You may wish to read a study on the accuracy of our translations.
|Romans 1 |
|Romans 1 |
Romans 1 & 2
Colossians 1 & 2
Thessalonians 1 & 2
Hebrews 1 & 2
Peter 1, 2 & 3
We should note that none of the Old Testament books end with amen nor Shelah.
The Greek word for “amen” means “verily, surely, of a truth, truly, certainly, and so be it.” It is a simple word that implies we are sincere. The Holy Spirit did not tell us why He ended some books with amen and not others. However, this does not change the meaning or the truth of the words in any of the New Testament books. All scripture is written by God and the truth written in these books does not change because some books end with amen and others do not.