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The brotherly greetings expressed at the close of nearly all the epistles. They were sent from the saints located where the epistles were written to the saints addressed, together with, at times, the injunction to greet one another with 'a holy kiss,' that being the ordinary form of salutation in the East among the men as well as among the women. Romans 16:5-23 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:26 ; Titus 3:15 , etc.

When evil doctrine had spread in the professing church, the question of salutation became serious. The 'lady' to whom the apostle John wrote was strictly enjoined not to receive into her house any one who brought not good doctrine, nor was she even to salute such a one; for to do so, would be to become morally a partaker of his evil deeds. 2 John 10,11 ; cf. Romans 16:17 .

Salutations in the East being often very lengthy and of mere ceremony, may well account for those sent in haste being told to salute no one by the way. 2 Kings 4:29 ; Luke 10:4 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Salutation '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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