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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

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This salutation was customary in the East, to express regard and reverence, as well as affection, Genesis 29.13; Ruth 1.14; Acts 20.37 . Sometimes the beard was kissed, 2 Samuel 20:9; and in token of humble affection, the feet, Luke 7:38 . Images and the heavenly bodies were worshipped by kissing the hand towards them, 1 Kings 19:18 Job 31:27 Hosea 13:2 . The expression, "Kiss the Son," Psalm 2:12 , may be illustrated by 1 Samuel 10:1 , where king Saul receives the kiss of allegiance from Samuel. This salutation being customary in those days between man and man, was used in the early church as a pledge of Christian peace and charity, Romans 16:16 1 Peter 5:14 .

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Kiss'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ats/​k/kiss.html. 1859.
 
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