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fâr -wel ´ (χαίρω , chaı́rō ), Fare ye , or thou , well: Originally a wish at parting for those faring forth (traveling):

(1) As a parting wish at the close of a letter it represents the Greek ἐῤῥωσο , érrh 'ōso , "Be strong," imperative of ῥώννυμι , rhō̇nnumi , "to make strong" (Acts 15:29 ; Acts 23:30 the King James Version; see the Revised Version, margin; 2 Macc 11:21); once χαίρετε , chaı́rete (imperative of χαίρω , chairo ), "Rejoice!" (2 Corinthians 13:11 , the Revised Version, margin "Rejoice: be perfected").

(2) As equivalent to our saying "good-bye," it represents the Greek ἀποτάσσομαι , apotássomai , "to separate one's self," "to take leave," "to bid farewell" (Luke 9:61 , "to bid farewell to them that are at my house"; Acts 18:21 , "bade them farewell," the Revised Version (British and American) "taking his leave of them"). See FARE ; GREETING .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Farewell'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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