|Cuttings [in the flesh] |
Cuttings in the flesh, or the laceration of one’s body for the "propitiation of their gods," (1 Kings 18:28) constituted a prominent feature of idolatrous worship, especially among the Syrians. The Israelites were prohibited from indulging in such practices. (Leviticus 19:28; 21:5; 14:1; Jeremiah 16:6)
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Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Cuttings [in the flesh]'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".