Kissing is a mark of affection between parents and children (Ge 27:26 f., Ru 1:9; 1Ki 19:20 etc.), members of a family, or near connexions (Ge 29:13; 45:15), and equals in rank (2Sa 20:9; Ac 20:37). Guests are received with a kiss (Lu 7:45). A kiss from a superior marks condescension (2Sa 15:5; 19:39). These kisses may he on the lips, but are usually on the cheek or neck. The kiss was a token of love (Song 1:2; 8:1), of homage and submission (Ge 41:40; Job 31:27; Ps 2:12), and was also an act of idolatrous worship (1Ki 19:18; Ho 13:2). The Moslems kiss the black stone at Mecca. Juniors and inferiors kiss the hands of seniors and superiors. A wife kisses the hand or beard of her husband. The hand, garments, even the feet of one appealed to may he kissed. Prohably Judas presumed to salute with the kiss of an equal (Mt 26:49 etc.). A kiss on the hand would have been natural. The 'holy kiss,' or 'kiss of love' (1Co 16:20; 1Pe 5:14), marked the tie that united Christians in a holy brotherhood.
Then his father Isaac said to him, "Please come close and kiss me, my son."
So when Laban heard the news of Jacob his sister's son, he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Then he related to Laban all these things.
"You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you."
He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him.
"May the LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband." Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him.
All the people crossed over the Jordan and the king crossed too. The king then kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his place.
Joab said to Amasa, "Is it well with you, my brother?" And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.
"Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."
And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
"May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine.
"Oh that you were like a brother to me Who nursed at my mother's breasts. If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you; No one would despise me, either.
And now they sin more and more, And make for themselves molten images, Idols skillfully made from their silver, All of them the work of craftsmen They say of them, "Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves!"
Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
"You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.
And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him,