They shall not make any bald place upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
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George Leo Haydock
Flesh. This would indicate an impotent grief, and want of patience. (Haydock)
They were not allowed to put on the usual signs of mourning, as the common people were, provided they did it not in honour of an idol, chap. xix. 27.