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Exodus 22:18:
(KJV) "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."
(NIV) "Do not allow a sorceress to live."

This is one of a long list of ancient commandments listed in Exodus after the more famous Ten Commandments.

The word 'witch' was a seventeenth century choice, made at the time when pogroms against so-called

witches were still in force, but the NIV translation is closer to the original, which was intended to authorising the killing of those who continued to teach the animist rites. Taken along with many other commandments that enforce the power of the rulers, it means that the author of Exodus was prepared to justify any action to maintain the power of the priests and kings of Judah.

In basic english,

a witch should be killed.


(LVB Living Bible): "A sorceress must not be allowed to live." (Ex.22:18)

As when these laws of the Lord God[Jesus Christ, the Creator God of the Old Testament - John 1:3] were written down for His people, fresh out of Egyptian slavery,when "He personally ruled over them" andwas their Sovereign King; before the people rebelled, desiring a man to rule over them as king -- so shall these laws appertain again,to govern all the nations of the world when this same Righteous King returns with the Kingdom of Godto rule the earth for a thousand years.

Mankind was led to distrust his Creator from the beginning [see Gen.3]... and began to exercise and trusthis own understanding and deceptive reasoning capacities. But God commands His people to "trust Him only"... not in other men [or spirits]:

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Prov.3:5 KJV)

People use asorceress [witch, fortune-teller,etc] as a "prophetic source" of information of their future. But their power is not of God, nor sanctioned by Him, but of "familiar spirits" or "demons" or "unclean spirits": a place where God would not have His people go for counsel... or to place their trust.

This is a direct violation of the First Commandment: "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" -- the breaking of which is "SIN" ["...sin is the transgression of the law - I John 3:4]; the penalty and wages of which is worthy of DEATH.

And the Creator of mankind [Jesus Christ] is wholly against anyone who LEADS His people astray andinto the "ways of death."

"...if anyone causes one of these Little Ones who Trusts in Me to lose Faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. How terrible it will be for anyone who causes others to sin. Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but how terrible it will be for the person who does the tempting." (Matt.18:6-7 NLT New Living Translation)

God doesn't change with the "testaments." He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Jesus Christ; the One who commanded Moses to write His instructions in Exodus... hasn't changed His attitude toward SIN! Or toward anyone who leads His people into sin.

When He returns to rule the nations of the earth with His saints... His Word, The Bible, will be the "Constitutional Laws" by which His Kingdom will be governed.

And "sorceresses" and all others who would lead or cause the nations to sin will STILL not be allowed to live in the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD: in the Kingdom Ruled by God.

"All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be MY CHILDREN. But cowards who turn away from Me, and unbelievers, and the corrupt, and murderers, and the immoral, and those who practice witchcraft, and idol worshipers, and all liars - their doom is in the Lake that burns with fire and sulfur: this is the Second Death." (Rev.21:7-8 NLT)

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What verse in the Bible says that witches should be put to death?

Exodus 22.18: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

What verse mentioned a witch in the bible?

Exodus 22:18. The King James Version says: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Also in King James, Deuteronomy 18:10 " Thou shalt not be found among you... a witch." 1 Samuel calls a witch " a woman with a familiar spirit."

How did the puritans look upon witchcraft?

"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" ( EXODUS 22:17) prettty much sums it up. I've always wondered tho' if you do try to do in a real witch, couldn't it get a bit nasty for you? Best to just stick to old ladies who mutter as they walk.

Who was the king that wrote about witchcraft?

King James of England often wrote and spoke about Witchcraft. He was obsessed. He is also the namesake of the King James Version of the Bible. He changed the bible to say "Thou shall not suffer a witch to live" from "Thou shall not suffer a poisoner to live."

Do Christians believe in witches?

The number of alleged witches who have been tortured and burned at the stake, on the authority of the Churches, tells us that Christians have always believed in witches, although this is perhaps not universal.The King James Bible contains many references to witches and so-called witchcraft, such as 22:18, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."

Which book verse in the bible is written thatGod created the witchcraft and also he make them to go naked on the street?

The bible never said that God created witchcraft. In fact, it strictly forbids it with a penalty of death. Ex:22:18: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Deut:18:10: There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Why was witchcraft punishable by death in Massachusetts?

Probably based on English Common Law of the time which took references to the King James version of the Bible: Exodus (22:18) says, Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. And Leviticus (20:27) says, A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood (shall be) upon them.

Where does the Bible say 'Suffer not a witch to live'?

Exodus 22:18 (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)

What did Jesus use to defeat Satan's attempts to tempt him?

Jesus used the "Truth" -- Scripture -- the Word of God [John 17:17]."...It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Deut.8:3)"...It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." (Deut.6:16)"...Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." (Deut.6:13)

In witch atmosphere do people live in?

we live in the troposphere. and it is which, not witch.

According to the Bible how did God respond to the disobedience of Adam and Eve?

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What does the Bible say about killing?

AnswerThe Bible is ambiguous on the issue of killing other people, offering quite opposing guidelines.On the one hand, the Ten Commandments say, "Thou shalt not kill."On the other hand, Exodus 22:!8 says, (KJV) "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" or (NIV) "Do not allow a sorceress to live." In other words, it seems to command that anyone practising rituals other than those approved in Judaism should be killed.The Book of Joshua contains several references where God was said to command the Israelites to commit genocide.Answer:The old testament of the bible is strongly against the killing of Israelites, except where there has been a clear violation of God's commandments. Killing other people's in warfare is perfectly acceptable. In the new testament, Jesus argues against violence of any sort, even preaching forgiveness for those who break God's laws.

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