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erin

Sometimes my lack of intelligence astounds me. I had never considered the true meaning of "adios" when it very clearly is the Italian expression "adio" modified only by the lingua madre. I love "adio"... it is rather formal and not often used, but I think it lovely. There is another somewhat archaic greeting I love even more: "salve." Is there a similar expression in Spanish?

Deborah

Your post has had me stewing for three weeks now. . .
Over the last months I have been blessed in finding the friendship of a Messianic Jewish couple. What I have learned from "SHALOM" carries much the weight of "adios". The words we speak can bless or curse. Let us be full of blessings for others!

An excerpt from my recent findings:
By David Silver
The Hebrew word SHALOM is understood around the world to mean peace. But peace is only one small part of the meaning of the word SHALOM. Here in Israel, even though we don't have much in the way of peace, we use the word SHALOM on a daily basis. We use it to greet people with, and we use it to bid farewell to people. However, SHALOM means much more than peace, hello or goodbye.
Strong's Concordance 7965 - Hebrew Shalom ..... A word study in the New King James version for SHALOM says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
Shalom comes from the root verb Shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be fully paid.
Sar SHALOM (Prince of Peace) is one of the descriptive names the Bible uses to indicate the ministry and personality of the Messiah: Isaiah 9:6 - The Son of God is completely perfect in all things.
So in essence, when you speak out the word SHALOM - you are not only proclaiming peace, but all the above meanings of the word over that person - that's a mighty blessing!!!
Remember what the word of God says - "there is life or death in the power of the tongue".

Dave C.

And there's also the French "adieu" and the Portuguese "adeus".

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