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

  • 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?
  • BSP
    Verse 20:The Israelites were to be completely devoted to Jehovah God. They were not to worship any other gods or they would suffer death.
  • A disciple
    "Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people." It is written, that "He called them gods, to whom the word of God came:" this law is that we not be misled away after the pride and rebellion of the heathen. Parents, elders, those who take the lead in the Lord; these are whom we reverence and submit ourselves under. As well the rulers of our workplace, our Country, our Nation.
  • Anne
    Laws and guidelines for a people to live peaceably with one another.
  • Sandy
    I love you god: This is a book of the Old Testament. Before Jesus was sacrificed for our sins. We Now accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Living Christ-like.
  • Nogme
    Circumcision and sacrifices are not allowed anymore. Since Jesus died for our sins there's no reason to be sacrificing anymore; therefore, God was not talking about this.

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