New International Version
So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed.
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They cried aloud - The poor fools acted as they were bidden.
And cut themselves after their manner - This was done according to the rites of that barbarous religion; if the blood of the bullock would not move him they thought their own blood might; and with it they smeared themselves and their sacrifice. This was not only the custom of the idolatrous Israelites, but of the Syrians, Persians, Greeks, Indians, and in short of all the heathen world.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
the blood gushed out upon them. [heb] they poured out blood upon them.
To the Young '... I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth.--1 KINGS xviii.12. This Obadiah is one of the obscurer figures in the Old Testament. We never hear of him again, for there is no reason to accept the Jewish tradition which alleges that he was Obadiah the prophet. And yet how distinctly he stands out from the canvas, though he is only sketched with a few bold outlines! He is the 'governor over Ahab's house,' a kind of mayor of the palace, and probably the second man in the kingdom. But …
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Of Prayer --A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. The Daily Benefits Derived from It.
"'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.
You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead,
1 Kings 18:27
At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened."
From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, "Save me! You are my god!"
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