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Romans 16:16

    Romans 16:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Salute one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Give one another a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send their love to you.

    Webster's Revision

    Salute one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you.

    World English Bible

    Greet one another with a holy kiss. The assemblies of Christ greet you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Salute one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 16:16

    Salute one another with a holy kiss - In those early times the kiss, as a token of peace, friendship, and brotherly love, was frequent among all people; and the Christians used it in their public assemblies, as well as in their occasional meetings. This was at last laid aside, not because it was abused, but because, the Church becoming very numerous, the thing was impossible. In some countries the kiss of friendship is still common; and in such countries it is scarcely ever abused, nor is it an incentive to evil, because it is customary and common. Shaking of hands is now substituted for it in almost all Christian congregations.

    The Churches of Christ salute you - The word πασαι, All, is added here by some of the most reputable MSS. and principal versions; and Griesbach has received it into his text. St. Paul must mean, here, that all the Churches in Greece and Asia, through which he had passed, in which the faith of the Christians at Rome was known, spoke of them affectionately and honourably; and probably knowing the apostle's design of visiting Rome, desired to be kindly remembered to the Church in that city.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 16:16

    Salute one another - Greet one another in an affectionate mannner; that is, treat each other with kindness and love, and evince all proper marks of affection.

    With an holy kiss - This mode of salutation has been practiced at all times; and particularly in eastern nations. It was even practiced by "men;" see the note at Luke 22:47-48. The use of the word "holy" here serves to denote that Paul intended it as an expression of "Christian" affection; and to guard against all improper familiarity and scandal. It was common, according to Justin Martyr (Apology), for the early Christians to practice it in their religious assemblies.

    The churches of Christ - That is, the churches in the vicinity of the place where the apostle wrote this Epistle; probably the churches particularly in Achaia.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 16:16

    16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss - Termed by St. Peter, the kiss of love, 1Pet 5:14. So the ancient Christians concluded all their solemn offices; the men saluting the men, and the women the women. And this apostolical custom seems to have continued for some ages in all Christian churches.