What does it mean that "righteousness and peace kiss each other? What kind of kiss is this? (Psalm 85:10)

10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Psalms 85:1 - 13

ESV - 1 Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, the prophetic thought being expressed in this verse stems from the fact that righteousness and peace are not always compatible. Righteousness implies judgment or punishment of unrighteousness, which is not normally conducive to the existence of peace.

However, it would be Jesus' perfect fulfillment of righteousness through His sinless life, followed by His vicarious enduring of God's judgment against sin on behalf of all humanity) that would allow the qualities of righteousness and peace to be reconciled to one another (that is, to figuratively "kiss" each other), rather than being in conflict, through the granting of peace to those who place their faith in Christ, rather than undergoing the judgment that they deserve for having failed to attain to God's righteousness.

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