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

  • A disciple
    Until the Lord comes, the world and ALL its evils will continue as if they had an indefinite extension forever. While the transgressors are coming to the full, and wicked and impostors are waxing worse and worse, the great apostasy answers! When people who know the Glad Tidings of Christ, and have had the Bible, leave their first love because "they also are flesh!" the doom is at the door!
  • Bill G
    The law concerning witches is particular to the Jewish people prior to Jesus. If you were a Jew and agreed to be a "practicing Jew" you would be subject to the particular constraints of the law God gave to His people. The 10 commandments are a summation of all laws, but not the final word on all behavior. That would be love thy neighbor as thy love thy self (in regard to human relations).
  • Steve morrow
    EXODUS 22:18 thou shalt not suffer a witch to live ***HEBREWS 8:13 in that HE saith --- a new covenant he hath made the first old --- now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away *** JAMES 2:11 for HE that said do not commit adultery said also -- do not kill -- now if thou commit no adultery yet if thou kill thou art become a transgressor of the law
  • Alex
    Cari good question in the O.T. it was written the sole that sins shall SURELY die,WITCHCRAFT, an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth there was no GRACE,but under the new covenant we have grace by his spirit,TH H.G. The spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death,BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD THAT TAKETH AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD,NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM IN CHRIST JESUS
  • Cari
    why is it that we still obey such commandments as thou shalt not kill but then "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." I'm being asked this question. Can you help me on this?
  • Jonathan
    I do not know why people believe certain section of the bible is not meant for them or this dispensation. To any believer, the complete bible starts from Genesis and ends in Revelation. If what some people are saying is anything to go by, Christians are no more supposed to be reading old testament. Tithes paying, Psalms etc are in old testament, why do we still practise them?

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