Smith's Bible Dictionary
Cuttings (in The Flesh)
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; Leviticus 21:5; Deuteronomy 14:1; Jeremiah 16:6.
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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Cuttings (in The Flesh)'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/c/cuttings-in-the-flesh.html. 1901.