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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)
49x 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 179 times in 179 verses in the MGNT Greek.

Page 1 / 4 (Mat 3:11–Act 3:13)

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 3:11 - “As for me, I baptize you [fn]with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you [fn]with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 9:37 - Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:13 - “If the house is worthy, [fn]give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, [fn]take back your blessing of peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:4 - and as he sowed, some G3303 seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:8 - “And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some G3303 a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:23 - “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some G3303 a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 13:32 - and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE [fn]AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:3 - “And in the morning,There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the [fn]appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:14 - And they said, “Some G3303 say John the Baptist; and others, [fn]Elijah; but still others, [fn]Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 17:11 - And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:23 - He *said to them, “My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 21:35 - “The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:5 - “But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own [fn]farm, another to his business,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:8 - “Then he *said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 23:27 - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 23:28 - “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:15 - “To one he gave five [fn]talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:33 - and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:24 - “The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good [fn]for that man if he had not been born.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 26:41 - “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 4:4 - as he was sowing, some G3303 seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 9:12 - And He said to them, “Elijah does first come and restore all things. And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:5 - “And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some G3303 and killing others.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:21 - “For the Son of Man is to go just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man [fn]by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good [fn]for that man if he had not been born.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 14:38 - “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 16:19 - So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 3:16 - John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you [fn]with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 3:18 - So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 8:5 - “The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some G3303 fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the [fn]air ate it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 10:2 - And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:48 - “So you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; because it was they who killed them, and you build their tombs.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 13:9 - and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 22:22 - “For indeed, G3303 the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:33 - When they came to the place called [fn]The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:41 - “And we indeed G3303 are suffering justly, for we are receiving [fn]what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 23:56 - Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 7:12 - There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; some G3303 were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:41 - Many came to Him and were saying, “While G3303 John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 11:6 - So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:9 - concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:22 - “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 19:25 - Therefore the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 19:32 - So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 20:30 - Therefore many other [fn]signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:1 - The first account I [fn]composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:5 - for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized [fn]with the Holy Spirit [fn]not many days from now.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:6 - So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:18 - (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:41 - So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand [fn]souls.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 3:13 - “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His [fn]servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.

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