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men (Key)
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primary particle
179x in 2 unique form(s)
193x in 3 unique form(s)
46x in 2 unique form(s)
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Strong’s Definitions

μέν mén, men; a primary particle; properly, indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.):—even, indeed, so, some, truly, verily. Often compounded with other particles in an intensive or asseverative sense.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 193x

The KJV translates Strong's G3303 in the following manner: indeed (22x), verily (14x), truly (12x), not translated (142x), miscellaneous (3x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 193x
The KJV translates Strong's G3303 in the following manner: indeed (22x), verily (14x), truly (12x), not translated (142x), miscellaneous (3x).
  1. truly, certainly, surely, indeed

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
μέν mén, men; a primary particle; properly, indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.):—even, indeed, so, some, truly, verily. Often compounded with other particles in an intensive or asseverative sense.
μέν, a weakened form of μήν, and hence, properly a particle of affirmation: truly, certainly, surely, indeed — its affirmative force being weakened, yet retained most in Ionic, Epic, and Herodotus, and not wholly lost in Attic and Hellenistic writers (μέν 'confirmative'; cf. 4 Macc. 18:18). Owing to this its original meaning it adds a certain force to the terms and phrases with which it is connected, and thus contrasts them with or distinguishes them from others. Accordingly, it takes on the character of a concessive and very often of a merely distinctive particle, which stands related to a following δέ or other adversative conjunction, either expressed or understood, and in a sentence composed of several members is so placed as to point out the first member, to which a second, marked by an adversative particle, is added or opposed. It corresponds to the Latinquidem, indeed, German zwar (i. e. properly,zu Wahre, i. e. in Wahrheit (in truth)); but often its force cannot be reproduced. Its use in classic Greek is exhibited by Devarius i., p. 122ff, and Klotz on the same ii. 2, p. 656ff; Viger i., p. 531ff, and Hermann on the same, p. 824f; others; Matthiae, § 622; Kühner, ii., p. 806ff, § 527ff; p. 691ff; § 503; (Jelf, § 729, 1, 2; § 764ff); Passow, and Pape (and Liddell and Scott), under the word.
I. Examples in which the particle μέν is followed in another member by an adversative particle expressed. Of these examples there are two kinds:
1. those in which μέν has a concessive force, and δέ (or ἀλλά) introduces a restriction, correction, or amplification of what has been said in the former member, indeed... but, yet, on the other hand. Persons or things, or predications about either, are thus correlated: Matthew 3:11, cf. Mark 1:8 (where T Tr WH omit; L brackets μέν); Luke 3:16 (where the meaning is, 'I indeed baptize as well as he who is to come after me, but his baptism is of greater efficacy'; cf. Acts 1:5); Matthew 9:37 and Luke 10:2 (although the harvest is great, yet the laborers are few); Matthew 17:11f (rightly indeed is it said that Elijah will come and work the ἀποκατάστασις, but he has already come to bring about this very thing); Matthew 20:23; Matthew 22:8; Matthew 23:28; John 16:22; John 19:32; Acts 21:39 (although I am a Jew, and not that Egyptian, yet etc.); Acts 22:3 (R); Romans 2:25; Romans 6:11; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 9:24; 1 Corinthians 11:14; 1 Corinthians 12:20 (R G L brackets Tr brackets WH marginal reading); 1 Corinthians 15:51 (R. G L brackets); 2 Corinthians 10:10; Hebrews 3:5; 1 Peter 1:20, and often. μέν and δέ are added to articles and pronouns: οἱ μέν... οἱ δέ, the one indeed... but the other (although the latter, yet the former), Philippians 1:16f (according to the critical text); ὅς μέν... ὅς δέ, the one indeed, but (yet) the other etc. Jude 1:22f; τινες μέν... τινες δέ καί, Philippians 1:15; with conjunctions: εἰ μέν οὖν, if indeed then, if therefore... εἰ δέ, but if, Acts 18:14f R G; Acts 19:38f; 25:11 L T Tr WH (εἰ μέν οὖν... νυνί δέ, Hebrews 8:4f (here R G εἰ μέν γάρ)); εἰ μέν... νῦν δέ, if indeed (conceding or supposing this or that to be the case)... but now, Hebrews 11:15; κἄν μέν... εἰ δέ μήγε, Luke 13:9; μέν γάρ... δέ, 1 Corinthians 11:7; Romans 2:25; μέν οὖν... δέ, Luke 3:18; εἰς μέν... εἰς δέ, Hebrews 9:6f μέν... ἀλλά, indeed... but, although... yet, Romans 14:20; 1 Corinthians 14:17; μέν... πλήν, Luke 22:22. (Cf. Winers Grammar, 443 (413); Buttmann, § 149, 12 a.)
2. those in which μέν loses its concessive force and serves only to distinguish, but δέ retains its adversative power: Luke 11:48; Acts 13:36; Acts 23:8 (here WH text omits; Tr brackets μέν); 1 Corinthians 1:12, 23; Philippians 3:1; Hebrews 7:8; ἀπό μέν... ἐπί δέ, 2 Timothy 4:4; μέν οὖν (German er nun (he, then))... οἱ δέ, Acts 28:5f; ὅς μέν... ὅς δέ, and one... and another, 1 Corinthians 11:21; οἱ μέν... δέ (he, on the contrary), Hebrews 7:20f, 23f; ἐκεῖνοι μέν οὖν... ἡμεῖς δέ, 1 Corinthians 9:25; εἰ μέν οὖν... εἰ δέ, Acts 18:14f (R G); Acts 19:38; 25:11 (L T Tr WH); and this happens chiefly when what has already been included in the words immediately preceding is separated into parts, so that the adversative particle contrasts that which the writer especially desires to contrast: ἑκάστῳ... τοῖς μέν ζητοῦσιν... τοῖς δέ ἐξ ἐριθείας etc. Romans 2:6-8; πᾶς... ἐκεῖνοι μέν... ἡμεῖς δέ etc. 1 Corinthians 9:25; add, Matthew 25:14f, 33; Romans 5:16; Romans 11:22.
3. μέν... δέ serve only to distribute a sentence into clauses: both... and; not only... but also; as well... as: John 16:9-11; Romans 8:17; Jude 1:8; πρῶτον μέν... ἔπειτα δέ, Hebrews 7:2; μέν... δέ... δέ, some... some... some, Matthew 13:8; (ἕκαστος... μέν... δέ, each... one... another, 1 Corinthians 7:7 L T Tr WH); ὅς μέν... ὅς δέ, one... another, Matthew 21:35; Acts 17:32; 1 Corinthians 7:7 (R G); οἱ μέν... ἄλλοι (L οἱ) δέ... ἕτεροι δέ, Matthew 16:14; μέν γάρ... ἄλλῳ δέ... ἑτέρῳ δέ (here T Tr WH omit; L brackets δέ), 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; μέν... followed by ἀλλά δέ (three times, Matthew 13:4f, 7f; ἄλλος μέν, ἄλλος δέ, 1 Corinthians 15:39; τοῦτο μέν... τοῦτο δέ, on the one hand... on the other; partly... partly, Hebrews 10:33, also found in secular authors, cf. Winer's Grammar, 142 (135). μέν is followed by another particle: ἔπειτα, John 11:6; 1 Corinthians 12:28; James 3:17; καί νῦν, Acts 26:4, 6; τά νῦν, Acts 17:30; πολύ (R G πολλῷ) μᾶλλον, Hebrews 12:9.
II. Examples in which μέν is followed neither by δέ nor by any other adversative particle (μέν 'solitarium'); cf. Winers Grammar, 575f (534f); Buttmann, 365f (313f) These examples are of various kinds; either
1. the antithesis is evident from the context; as, Colossians 2:23 (`have indeed a show of wisdom', but are folly (cf. Lightfoot, in the place cited)); μέν... σωτηρίαν, namely, but they themselves prevent their own salvation, Romans 10:1; τά μέν... δυνάμεσιν, namely, but ye do not hold to my apostolic authority, 2 Corinthians 12:12: ἄνθρωποι μέν (L T Tr WH omit μέν)... ὀμνύουσιν, namely, δέ Θεός καθ' ἑαυτοῦ ὀμνύει, Hebrews 6:16. Or,
2. the antithetic idea is brought out by a different turn of the sentence: Acts 19:4 (Rec.), where the expected second member, Ἰησοῦς δέ ἐστιν ἐρχόμενος, is wrapped up in τουτ' ἐστιν εἰς τόν Ἰησοῦν; Romans 11:13 ἐφ' ὅσον μέν κτλ., where the antithesis παραζήλω δέ κτλ. is contained in εἴπως παραζηλώσω; Romans 7:12 μέν νόμος κτλ., where the thought of the second member, 'but sin misuses the law,' is expressed in another forth in Romans 7:13ff by an anacoluthon, consisting of a change from the disjunctive to a conjunctive construction (cf. Herm. ad Vig., p. 839), we find μέν... τέ, Acts 27:21; μέν... καί, 1 Thessalonians 2:18; in distributions or partitions, Mark 4:4-8 (here R G μέν... δέ... καί... καί); Luke 8:5-8; or, finally, that member in which δέ would regularly follow immediately precedes (Herm. ad Vig., p. 839), Acts 28:22 (yet see Meyer at the passage; cf. Buttmann, § 149, 12 d.). Or
3. the writer, in using μέν, perhaps had in mind a second member to be introduced by δέ, but was drawn away from his intention by explanatory additions relating to the first member: thus Acts 3:13 (ὅν ὑμεῖς μένRec. omits this μέν — etc., where Θεός δέ ἤγειρεν ἐκ νεκρῶν, cf. Acts 3:15, should have followed); especially (as occasionally in classical Greek also) after πρῶτον μέν: Romans 1:8; Romans 3:2; 1 Corinthians 11:18; τόν μέν πρῶτον λόγον κτλ., where the antithesis τόν δέ δεύτερον λόγον κτλ. ought to have followed, Acts 1:1.
4. μέν οὖν (in Luke 11:28 T Tr WH μενοῦν), Latinquidem igitur, (English so then, now therefore, verily, etc.) (where μέν is confirmatory of the matter in hand, and οὖν marks an inference or transition, cf. Klotz ad Devar. ii. 2, p. 662f; (Herm. Vig., pp. 540f, 842; Buttmann, § 149, 16)): Acts 1:18; Acts 5:41; Acts 13:4; Acts 17:30; Acts 23:22; Acts 26:9; 1 Corinthians 6:4, 7 (here T omits Tr brackets οὖν); ἀλλά μέν οὖν, Philippians 3:8 G L Tr; εἰ μέν οὖν, Hebrews 7:11.
5. μέν solitarium has a concessive and restrictive force, indeed, verily (German freilich) (cf. Klotz, Devar. ii. 2, p. 522; Hartung, Partikeln, ii. 404): εἰ μέν, 2 Corinthians 11:4; μέν οὖν now then, (German nun freilich), Hebrews 9:1 (cf. Buttmann, as above. On the use of μέν οὖν in the classics cf. Cope's note on Aristotle, rhet. 2, 9, 11.)
6. μενουγγε, which see in its place.
III. As respects the position of the particle: it never stands at the beginning of a sentence, but yet as near the beginning as possible; generally in the second or third place, by preference between the article and noun (examples in which it occupies the fourth place are Acts 3:21; 2 Corinthians 10:1; Colossians 2:23; Acts 14:12 Rec.; the fifth place, Ephesians 4:11; Romans 16:19 R WH brackets; 1 Corinthians 2:15 R G; (John 16:22, see below)); moreover, in the midst of a clause also it attaches itself to a word the force of which is to be strengthened, as καί ὑμεῖς οὖν λύπην μέν νῦν ἔχετε (but L T Tr WH... οὖν νῦν μέν λύπην), John 16:22; cf. Winers Grammar, § 61, 6. The word is not found in the Rev. or in the Epistles of John.
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

3:11; 9:37; 13:4; 13:7; 13:8; 16:14; 17:11; 20:23; 21:35; 22:8; 23:28; 25:14; 25:33
1:8; 4:4; 4:5; 4:6; 4:7; 4:8
3:16; 3:18; 8:5; 8:6; 8:7; 8:8; 10:2; 11:28; 11:48; 13:9; 22:22
11:6; 16:9; 16:10; 16:11; 16:22; 16:22; 16:22; 19:32
1:1; 1:5; 1:18; 3:13; 3:15; 3:21; 5:41; 13:4; 13:36; 14:12; 17:30; 17:30; 17:32; 18:14; 18:14; 19:4; 19:38; 19:38; 21:39; 22:3; 23:8; 23:22; 25:11; 25:11; 26:4; 26:6; 26:9; 27:21; 28:5; 28:22
1:8; 2:6; 2:7; 2:8; 2:25; 2:25; 3:2; 5:16; 6:11; 7:12; 7:13; 8:17; 10:1; 11:13; 11:22; 14:20; 16:19
1 Corinthians
1:12; 1:18; 1:23; 2:15; 6:4; 6:7; 7:7; 7:7; 9:24; 9:25; 9:25; 11:7; 11:14; 11:18; 11:21; 12:8; 12:9; 12:10; 12:20; 12:28; 14:17; 15:39; 15:51
2 Corinthians
10:1; 10:10; 11:4; 12:12
1:15; 1:16; 3:1; 3:8
2:23; 2:23
1 Thessalonians
2 Timothy
3:5; 6:16; 7:2; 7:8; 7:11; 7:20; 7:23; 8:4; 9:1; 9:6; 10:33; 11:15; 12:9
1 Peter
1:8; 1:22

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G3303 matches the Greek μέν (men),
which occurs 193 times in 193 verses in the TR Greek.

Page 1 / 4 (Mat 3:11–Act 1:6)

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 3:11 - I indeed G3303 baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:37 - Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly G3303 is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:13 - And if G3303 the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:4 - And when he sowed, some G3303 seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:8 - But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some G3303 an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:23 - But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some G3303 an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:32 - Which indeed G3303 is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:3 - And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern G3303 the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:14 - And they said, Some say that thou art G3303 John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 17:11 - And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly G3303 shall first come, and restore all things.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:23 - And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed G3303 of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:35 - And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, G3303 and killed another, and stoned another.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:5 - But they made light of it, and went their ways, one G3303 to his farm, another to his merchandise:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:8 - Then saith he to his servants, G3303 The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 23:27 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed G3303 appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 23:28 - Even so ye also G3303 outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:15 - And unto one G3303 he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:33 - And he shall set G3303 the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:24 -  G3303 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:41 - Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed G3303 is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:8 - I indeed G3303 have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:4 - And it came to pass, as he sowed, some G3303 fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 9:12 - And he answered and told them, Elias verily G3303 cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 10:39 - And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed G3303 drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:5 - And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; G3303 beating some, and killing some.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:21 - The Son of man indeed G3303 goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:38 - Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly G3303 is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 16:19 - So G3303 then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 3:16 - John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed G3303 baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 3:18 - And many other things G3303 in his exhortation preached he unto the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 8:5 - A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some G3303 fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 10:2 - Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly G3303 is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 10:6 - And if G3303 the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:48 - Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed G3303 killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 13:9 - And if G3303 it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 22:22 - And truly G3303 the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:33 - And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one G3303 on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:41 - And we indeed G3303 justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:56 - And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested G3303 the sabbath day according to the commandment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 7:12 - And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some G3303 said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:41 - And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no G3303 miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 11:6 - When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still G3303 in the same place where he was.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:9 - Of sin, G3303 because they believe not on me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:22 - And ye G3303 now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 19:24 - They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things G3303 therefore the soldiers did.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 19:32 - Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the G3303 first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 20:30 - And many other signs truly G3303 did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:1 - The former G3303 treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:5 - For John truly G3303 baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:6 - When G3303 they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

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