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Cuttings [in the Flesh]

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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. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/sbd/c/cuttings-in-the-flesh.html. 1901.

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