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 22:18

  • 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 for verse 18
    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
  • Nicholas Okuanyono for verse 18
    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 for verse 18
    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 for verse 18
    I know that God 's love is beyond human understanding. Interpretation of this scripture needs wisdom. Pray for it.
  • Nchangang Eugene Ndi for verse 18
    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.

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