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

  • Newremix for verse 18
    Sometimes this is required for the peskiest of witches, even through prayer fasting God WIlls us to take a stand against evil, with us at his side as we do it. David didn 't pray away goliath, samson didnt have a tea party with the heathens obstructing him and his life due to his own families deception. Jesus also said, "I came to sow discord you " . Anyone who says otherwise hasn 't dealt with true heavy witchcraft, which can, and does, kill people daily. Jesus was the martyr lamb of God so that we may LIVE, just make sure to ask God for guidance first on the matter, and only as an ABSOLUTE LAST RESORT OF THE KINGDOMS OF EVIL IMPENDING ON YOUR VERY LIFE PRAYER WILL HANDLE THE REST. Even the bible says if a thief get struck a fatal blow, no blood shall be on his hands....praise jesus
  • 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
  • Pastor Samuel U. James for verse 18
    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 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

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