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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
¶ 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
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.
Bishop 1's comment on 2015-05-17 20:02:41:
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's comment on 2015-05-11 11:38:26:
It is a pity so called Christians do what Christ would not do.
Snow's comment on 2015-03-29 17:22:10:
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.
Tyree Waldrep's comment on 2015-03-06 18:12:55:
Jesus said I bring you a new covenant the old testament said eye for an eye but when they came to take Jesus he healed the severed ear. Jesus said he who is without sin cast the first stone and again as he was naild to the cross forgive them for they know not what they do. Men who seek evil will find a justification for all men are justified in there own eyes. We as humans weigh a persons actions but God ponders the soul. If you find yourself reading this you should ask yourself why you looked it up in the first place was it to do God 's will or your own. Peace be with you
Pastor Samuel U. James's comment on 2015-02-17 10:08:19:
Suffer not a witch to live, was a specific instruction to a people - Israelites and in the dispensation of the law. The law had provision for prosecuting a witch if convicted, a prescribed means of killing a witch, so a witch was not even to be killed by just anybody. Contextually, the phrase was only active in the Old Testament but not in the New Testament because of the grace of God - Jesus Christ. We can 't deny the fact that there are witchcraft activities today, yet we can 't lay hold on anybody practicing witchcraft otherwise we 'll be prosecuted for murder. "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down every imagination... " we are not to allow the witches to live by prayering their wicked activities to a halt demanding God to judge them. Witchcrafting is not just the person but a spirit in or behind a person. Hence we can 't kill a spirit, we can command or rebuke their activities in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Nicholas Okuanyono's comment on 2015-01-25 17:36:13:
The old testament represented the era of the law that must be kept. The New Testament represents the era of grace. This means by the law, though a witch deserves to be put to death but because of the grace of God through the death of Christ on the cross made available for the witch by the blood of Jesus, she has an opportunity to repent from her evil ways and accept God 's forgiveness through Jesus Christ. If she rather continues in her evil practices, because God's grace abounds, then she deserve to be perish. This can come to her in many ways. Read 2 Kings 9:30-37 , Prov. 11:21 , Gal 5:19-21
Nicholas Okuanyono's comment on 2015-01-24 17:18:44:
The old testament represented the era of the law that must be kept. The New Testament represents the era of grace. This means by the law, though a witch deserves to be put to death but because of the grace of God through the death of Christ on the cross made available for the witch by the blood of Jesus, she has an opportunity to repent from her evil ways and accept God 's forgiveness through Jesus Christ. If she rather continues in her evil practices because God 's abounds the she deserves to perish. This can come to her in many ways. Read 2 Kings 9:30-37 , Prov. 11:21 , Gal 5:19-21
Pastor Andrew's comment on 2015-01-16 00:36:40:
I know that God 's love is beyond human understanding. Interpretation of this scripture needs wisdom. Pray for it.
Nchangang Eugene Ndi's comment on 2014-12-30 04:27:30:
Jesus, our Model and Master did not kill those who wanted to kill Him. He had all the powers to do that even in the spirit but he did not kill. Stephen learned from Him and pronounced the same words as the Master. Now Matth 5:44,45 declares that a child of God should pray for the enemies and it is a condition to be the child of God.
Oshidashi's comment on 2014-10-31 12:06:05:
Dear fellow Christians, have you read about Jesus killing anyone? Did Jesus order his disciples to travel the world, read Exodus, and kill all witches? After asking Jesus truly in my heart and reading the Bible, I try to live with Him everyday and I do my best to always follow His words. This hasn 't brought me to the conclusion we should kill all witches around us or to even have the confidence to judge over someone 's life as if I we 're wiser than Him. And Jesus teaches us to love our enemy. Is love killing someone? Through thousands of years of civilization we have become capable enough of dealing with this in other ways, which truly show love to our enemies, like the Lord said we should act.
Delano Young's comment on 2014-10-25 12:45:23:
I believe that any one that would cause hurt and one shell suffer that same fate, this like game let say the dark side is playing i dont believe so it dont apply to me but there is law to life and one i believe with all my hold heart is treat each other the way you want to be! or just picture a world like the one TV show us about A witch the way she look, the way she acts! it evil an wick all less then in a hour you are show the life of a wich. but what do god show us that if we would turn from those evil and wick way he will heal our land est. i how that if any one is allowing them self to hear the voice of the devil in there life please look up the LORD prayer matthew 6 9 13
Abena Kumi's comment on 2014-10-15 08:18:24:
I think it is not the question of stoning wiches to death or burning them alive, because witchcraft is a spirit and you cannot kill a spirit. So pray to God who is the master of the spirits to deal with them as he finds fit. For all we know, the people that we may think are witches may not be witches but rather under the spell of witches, so we may end up killing innocent people. We should try to pray for God to deal with them as they deserve. If they die because of our prayers then we have not suffered them to live. It doesn 't mean we should take a gun and shoot them.
Happy's comment on 2014-10-09 01:03:37:
Please to avoid mistake, PRAY AND SAY GOD LET YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH ACCORDANCE TO THIS EXODUS 22 18 in Jesus name Amen.
Anonymous's comment on 2014-09-15 10:08:21:
God kills in the bible. God destroyed Sodom and Gommorah . Witches enjoy calling on demons and giving the demons legal rights to attack and kill others. If you let this witch continue others will suffer. Kill the witch asap, obey Gods word or people being attacked will suffer.
Honest's comment on 2014-07-25 02:50:03:
other translation say allow not a witch to live. that means the witch must die. if you say "thou shall not kill " how about there is time to kill in the book of Eccle.
Otitoju Emmanuel's comment on 2014-07-22 01:58:43:
to understand that verse, we need to read through the chapter before and after that 's 21, 22 and 23. get the meanings of suffer and witch as well as their synonyms. wisdom is a principal thing above all get understanding. with this understanding, the passage will explain itself
Andrew's comment on 2014-07-03 01:15:04:
What the ??? This is crazy. Why is everyone interpreting the bible and looking for ways to judge others. Focus on yourselves, and let god worry about everyone else.. kill the poisoner inside of you. That 's your true enemy. Other people 's paths are their business and YHWH 's and noone elses. No one can poison you unless the poison is already within you.
PASTOR ANTHONY's comment on 2014-06-21 11:30:44:
LET US READ THE BIBLE WITH THE UNDERSTANDING FROM GOD.
Moses's comment on 2014-05-22 14:47:54:
my brethren dnt forget that its that spirit of jezebel in them that we wnt to kill, its not natural one but spiritual one...for we wrestle against flesh but against principalities and princes in high places..ephesian6 12.. nd dis is the confidence we have in God that anytin we ask according to the will of God shall be heareth...dnt forget "verily verily i say unto you whatsoever u bind in earth shall be bind heaven and whatsoever you lose in earth shall be lose in heaven...
Danielle's comment on 2014-05-08 17:38:41:
what about those who have gifts from god that seem 'witch like ' should we in a modern age kill them. No psalm 125 v3 Youth bible 'the wicked will not rule over those who do right. If they did, the people who do right might use their power to do evil. ' I 'm not sure about this mistranslation business but as I see it we need to help those who use the gifts we are given to show those who have done wrong the right way to live. we need to pray for them as v5 of the same psalm says 'but, lord, when you remove those who do evil, also remove those who stop following you. ' does that mean you kill all those who follow god, no you pray as we don 't harm or kill. Suffer could mean a number of things to different people, one might suffer if you tickle them to much or if they loose a close friend or relative. Think about it.
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