cutting in the Bible
Cutting of living flesh in various ways was an idolatrous practice related to false god worship, a sacrife to the gods, or an attempt to receive divine aid or protection, or a way of displaying one’s devotion to these dieties.
“So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.” —1 Kings 18:28 NKJV
The Israelites were commanded not to imitate this practice (Leviticus 19:28; 21:5; Deuteronomy 14:1).
Allusions are made in Revelation (Rev. 13:16; 17:5; 19:20) to the practice of printing marks on the body, to indicate allegiance to a deity.