But in the ancient Middle East, the writers of the Hebrew Bible prohibited tattoos. The following Bible verses that may apply to tattoos are guiding questions to help you think about your decision. As the popularity of tattoos continues to increase, many Christians are wondering what the Bible says about tattoos. The Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains defines qa'aqa as “a mark on the skin through an incision, as a non-verbal sign of mourning”.
The Bible warns Christians who are considering buying one and tries to help them overcome the consequences of those mistakes. I also hope that this brief study will be a reminder of the dangers of a careless biblical interpretation that is then imposed on others as legalistic demands that God never made. All quotes from the Scriptures, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, the standard version in English. Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don't know the specific passage you're looking for.
This would include not staining their bodies with tattoos, since the principles of the Bible clearly state that it is wrong to desecrate bodies. That said, while there may not be a clear passage in the Bible that addresses tattooing, this is not a license to get tattooed without restrictions.