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. Lev. 19:28; 21:5; Deut. 14:1; Jer. 16:6.