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.
And his father Isaac said to him, Come near now and kiss me, my son.
And it happened 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. And he told Laban all these things.
You shall be over my house, and all my people shall kiss the hand at your word. Only in the throne will I be greater than you.
And he kissed all his brothers, and wept upon them. And afterwards his brothers talked with him.
May Jehovah grant you that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voice and wept.
And it was so, when any man came near to bow down to him, he put forth his hand and took him and kissed him.
And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king had come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him. And he returned to his place.
And Joab said to Amasa, Are you well, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.
Yet I have left seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.
and my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand;
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled in but a little time. Blessed are all who put their trust in Him.
Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth; for Your love is better than wine.
Who could give You to me as my brother, who sucked my mother's breasts? When I find You outside, I would kiss You; yea, they would not despise me.
And now they sin more and more, and have made themselves a molten image of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen. They say of them, Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves.
And coming up to Jesus immediately, he said, Hail, Master! And he kissed Him.
You gave Me no kiss, but this woman, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.
And there was much weeping of all, and falling on the neck of Paul, they ardently kissed him,