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In Scripture, what is…

also known as: kiss

Kiss in Afghanistan
A grateful refugee camp resident in Kabul, Afghanistan, kisses U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dr. Yevsey Goldberg, who helped bring the refugees a huge supply of rice and other needed supplies.

Various types of kisses are mentioned in the Bible

A kiss…

Old Testament word

Hebrew: נָשַׁק —transliteration: nashaq —Meaning: to kiss (literally or figuratively)

New Testament words

Greek words translated as “kiss”…

  • Greek: φιλήματι —transliteration: philéma, philema, or philēmati

    Meaning: “a kiss to show respect or affection between friends, i.e., people sharing a deep (common) bond.”

    Paul to the Believers in Corinth

    Greet one another with a holy kiss. —2 Corinthians 13:12

    Christ to the Pharisees who invited Him to eat with them…

    I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she [a repentant sinner] has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. —Luke 7:44-45 ESV

  • Greek: καταφιλοῦσά —transliteration: kataphilousa or kataphileo

    Meaning: to kiss affectionately; to kiss earnestly or repeatedly

    “You gave Me no kiss [philēma]; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss [kataphilousa] My feet.” —Luke 7:45)

  • Greek: φιλέω —transliteration: phileó or phileo (fil-eh'-o)

    Meaning: kiss, love

    This is a verb meaning to love, “to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while agapao is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: the two thus stand related very much as thelo and boulomahee, or as thumos and nous respectively; the former being chiefly of the heart and the latter of the head); specially to kiss (as a mark of tenderness).” —Strong's Dictionary

    Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss [phileó], He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away under guard.” —Mark 14:44 NASB


Article Version: October 3, 2017