New American Standard Bible
So they cried with a loud voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them.
King James Bible
And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
Darby Bible Translation
And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with swords and spears, till the blood gushed out upon them.
World English Bible
They cried aloud, and cut themselves in their way with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.
Young's Literal Translation
And they call with a loud voice, and cut themselves, according to their ordinance, with swords and with spears, till a flowing of blood is on them;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Elijah's scorn roused the Baal-priests to greater exertions. At length, when the frenzy had reached its height, knives were drawn, and the blood spirted forth from hundreds of self-inflicted wounds, while an ecstasy of enthusiasm seized many, and they poured forth incoherent phrases, or perhaps an unintelligible jargon, which was believed to come from divine inspiration, and constituted one of their modes of prophecy.
The practice of inflicting gashes on their limbs, in their religious exercises, was common among the Carians, the Syrians, and the Phrygians. We may regard it as a modification of the idea of human sacrifice. The gods were supposed to be pleased with the shedding of human blood.
Lancets - Lancets, in our modern sense of the word, can scarcely have been intended by our translators. The Hebrew word is elsewhere always translated "spears," or "lances;" and this is probably its meaning here.
LibraryElijah's Appeal to the Undecided
Now, we have these three classes here this morning. We have, I hope, a very large number who are on Jehovah's side, who fear God and serve him; we have a number who are on the side of the evil one, who make no profession of religion, and do not observe even the outward symptoms of it; because they are both inwardly and outwardly the servants of the evil one. But the great mass of my hearers belong to the third class--the waverers. Like empty clouds they are driven hither and thither by the wind; …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857
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Elijah the Tishbite
The Impending Conflict
'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.
"You are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead.
1 Kings 18:27
It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, "Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened."
But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, "Deliver me, for you are my god."
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