Cuttings [in the flesh]

Smith’s Bible Dictionary

“Cuttings [in the flesh] ” means

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)