Exodus 22:18

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to liue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall not allow a sorceress to live.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou shalt not suffer a sorceress to live.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Any woman using unnatural powers or secret arts is to be put to death.
- Basic English Bible

-- thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
- Darby Bible

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
- Webster's Bible

You shall not allow a sorceress to live.
- World English Bible

`A witch thou dost not keep alive.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(22:17) Thou shalt not suffer a sorceress to live.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 22:18

22:18 Witchcraft not only gives that honour to the devil which is due to God alone, but bids defiance to the divine providence, wages war with God's government, puts his work into the devil's hand expecting him to do good and evil. By our law, consulting, covenanting with, invocating or employing any evil spirit to any intent whatever, and exercising any enchantment, charm, or sorcery, whereby hurt shall be done to any person, is made felony, without benefit of clergy; also pretending to tell where goods lost or stolen may be found, is an iniquity punishable by the judge, and the second offence with death. This was the case in former times. But we are wiser than our fore - fathers. We believe, no witch ever did live! At least, not for these thousand years.

Discussion for Exodus 22

  • "My people perish for lack of knowledge". Get wisdom...children!
  • Newremix for verse 18
    Sometimes this is required for the peskiest of witches, even through prayer fasting God WIlls us to take a stand against evil, with us at his side as we do it. David didn 't pray away goliath, samson didnt have a tea party with the heathens obstructing him and his life due to his own families deception. Jesus also said, "I came to sow discord you " . Anyone who says otherwise hasn 't dealt with true heavy witchcraft, which can, and does, kill people daily. Jesus was the martyr lamb of God so that we may LIVE, just make sure to ask God for guidance first on the matter, and only as an ABSOLUTE LAST RESORT OF THE KINGDOMS OF EVIL IMPENDING ON YOUR VERY LIFE PRAYER WILL HANDLE THE REST. Even the bible says if a thief get struck a fatal blow, no blood shall be on his hands....praise jesus
  • Dewey J
    Snow, the law is very hard for us who are sinners but it is perfect because it is the essence of almighty God, Gat. 3:24 says, "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Rom. 3:20 says, "therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin ". John 1:17 says, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ ". Thank God for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. God bless us all and in the understanding of his Word. Glory be to Jehovah in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Bishop 1 for verse 18
    After 40 days and 40 nights of intensified sweat filled fasting, the understanding of this text was opened to my visions. God gave the commandment to his people and thought how to go about the killing -with prayer of goodwill and kind gesture towards them....thereby we are heaping coals of fire on their heads and that will kill them fast
  • Ediawe Kelvyn for verse 18
    It is a pity so called Christians do what Christ would not do.
  • I 've read every comment on this page, most of them have brought tears to my eyes and a stabbing pain in my heart.These are the words written from long ago, a book of faith that is believed by many, yet I hadn 't realized how many feel so strongly about a phrase such as this in such a modern age.

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