Exodus 22:18

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Exodus 22:18

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 for Exodus 22:18

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

  • Jacquella on Exodus 22:18
    Who are the real archangels in the King James Holy Bible versions and where can i find them no offense i dont want angels that are catholic i know Michael and Gabriel is two but what are some more archangel who are wit God i dont want no false archangels i will ask my pastor and i will look up the angels you send me in the bible thanks and God Bless
  • Mishael - in Reply on Exodus 22:18
    The only other created Archangel was Satan; but He sinned and was thrown to Earth by Michael the Archangel at Gods request. Satan is a serpent.

    The worship of angels is forbidden.

    You cannot order them to do things.

    They do not look like Michelangelo's cherubs.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Exodus 22:18
    Revelation 12:9 And the great DRAGON dragon was cast out, that OLD SERPENT old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    Serpent and Dragon are mere figures of speech, much like when Jesus was called the Lamb of God by John.

    Jesus is not a four legged creature that said Baa.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Exodus 22:18
    I find that mocking attitude disturbing.
  • Today is the Day on Exodus 22:18
    As for the killing of witches. Have you ever encountered one? Has one ever been truthful with you and disclosed what they really do? If you were told the truth, you would find that witches cover bad deeds with foolish spells. A witches deeds can be anything from, breaking in and putting"potions" in your food to sprinkling anthrax in your undergarments.

    If a scientist would break down those drops he would find a myriad of poisons. This is just one example of a witch. The Lord refers to it as of the sin of rebellion. The sin of witchcraft is as of the sin of rebellion. That sin of rebellion in the above example would be: That witch that walked through your door did not regard the law as pertaining to them, with that vile of poison, when committed over a long period of time, can kill you. A long and slow death. Of which they watch as ritual, a person dying directly of that deed. Did they know there is a law that regards unlawful illegal entry as breaking and entering, now with poison, is an intent to kill? And how many times was that act committed against an unwitting person? And the higher a witch gets into politics, the more above the law the more the deed is covered by other members of the community, law enforcement, etc. It becomes an object of fascination, which leads to more acts of the same kind, against more unwitting participants.

    If you found that your heart attacks were not natural events, but as an act of poisoning what would be your reactions. Or that cancer, leukemia, stroke, lung diseases, crippling "arthritis" because that witch had their way with you. The Lord protects. But witchcraft is of the sin of rebellion. Meaning, defiance. Many have defied the Lord. So, to rephrase it, witchcraft is defiance of all laws, Gods, Mans, and against the unspoken bonds of trust. A child, a family pet, your Mother, Son, etc. Now, if you were watching a loved one dying a torturous death, knowing, would you want to kill? God gives permission.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Exodus 22:18
    Today is the day - I am pleased to see someone who gets it. many thousands of children are kidnapped every years with most around the satanic sacrificial days. They infiltrate churches and poison families. The Lord told us what to do with them and the lukewarm ignore his command.

    Soon they shall find out there is a severe penalty for disobedience as a curse if you will. Christians tolerate openly satanic "churches" who will soon not tolerate them. Thing is church goers are so sure they shall escape those wicked things they tolerated that the Lord hated. The wicked shall surely repay the tolerant church goers for their unfaithfulness.

    We are to love OUR enemies, are we to love the enemies of the Lord?
  • Snow on 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 on Exodus 22:18
    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 on Exodus 22:18
    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 on Exodus 22:18
    I know that God 's love is beyond human understanding. Interpretation of this scripture needs wisdom. Pray for it.


 

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