1 Kings 18:28

28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed.

Read 1 Kings 18:28 Using Other Translations

And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them.
So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out.

What does 1 Kings 18:28 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 18:28

And they cried aloud
Trying to make him hear, if possible: and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the
blood gushed out upon them;
so the priests of Heathen deities used to slash themselves on their shoulders, arms, and thighs, in their devotions to them, as many writers observe F26, fancying their gods were delighted with human blood; particularly the priests of Bellona {a}, and the worshippers of the Syrian goddess F2, and of the Egyptian Isis F3.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 Vid. Kipping. Antiqu. Roman. l. 1. c. 10. p. 202.
F1 Tertul Apolog. c. 9. Lactant. Institut. l. 1. c. 21.
F2 Apulei Metamorph. l. 8.
F3 Herodot. Euterpe, c. 61. Manetho. Apotelesm. l. 1. ver. 243, 244. Seneca de vita beata, c. 27.
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