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The signification of coming near is presence; and the signification of kissing is unition or conjunction from affection (AC 3573). That kissing has this signification is evident also from the following passages in the Word. In David:

Serve Jehovah with fear. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish in the way, for His anger will soon be kindled. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him (Ps. 2:11, 12);

where the Lord is treated of, whose Divine Human is the Son; to kiss Him is to be conjoined with Him through the faith of love. Again:--

Mercy and truth are met together righteousness and peace have kissed each other (Ps. 85:10);

righteousness and peace have kissed each other denotes their conjunction together. In Hosea:--

Ephraim spake horror, and became guilty in Baal and now they sin more and more and have made them a molten image of their silver, even idols in their own intelligence, all of them the work of the craftsmen they say to them, Let the sacrificers of men kiss the calves (Hosea 13:1, 2);

Ephraim denotes intelligence, here, man's own intelligence, that is, those who believe themselves to be wise, and who desire to be wise, not from the Lord; the molten image of their silver denotes good falsified; all of them the work of the craftsmen denotes self-intelligence. They who are such are said to kiss the calves, that is, to embrace magic and to adjoin themselves thereto. In the first book of Kings:--

Jehovah said to Elijah, I have caused to be left seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth that hath not kissed him (1 Kings 19:18);

where to kiss denotes to join one's self from affection, thus to worship.

from AC 3573

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