Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.

Kiss

Of affection (Gen. 27:26,27, 29:13; Lk. 7:38, 45); reconciliation (Gen. 33:4; 2 Sam. 14:33); leave-taking (Gen. 31:28, 55; Ruth 1:14; 2 Sam. 19:39); homage (Ps. 2:12; 1 Sam. 10:1); spoken of as between parents and children (Gen. 27:26, 31:28, 55, 48:10, 50:1; Ex. 18:7; Ruth 1:9, 14); between male relatives (Gen. 29:13, 33:4, 45:15). It accompanied social worship as a symbol of brotherly love (Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20; 2 Cor. 13:12; 1 Th. 5:26; 1 Pet. 5:14). The worship of idols was by kissing the image or the hand toward the image (1 Ki. 19:18; Hos. 13:2).


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