Thou Shalt Not Suffer A Witch To Live

 

When I meet up with ol' King James 1 of England, I'm going to whap him into eternity! For he is solely responsible for this deliberate translation to English from the translation from Latin of the bible, Exodus 22:18 "Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live". Only it was originally Hebrew "chasaph," which means literally "poisoner", not Witch. And all because King James was hateful and fearful of intelligent women...today we would call him a male chauvinistic pig!

Let us remember that Witch derives from Middle English, Wicce, which means Wise Woman, She was the local doctor, which naturally meant she treated the people of her village or town. There wasn't a chemist down at the local Mall in those days, instead, just as with today for many,  medicine was a plethora of herbs.

Combinations, quantity and duration prescribed had to be understood and concocted by the Witches as it was their profession, just as it is with a modern doctor of today, only when he/she gets it wrong, he gets sued. When the doctor of yesteryear got it wrong he/she paid with their life!

The Witch represented in the King James version bears no resemblance to any actual Witch of biblical times. In the four gospels, the word Witch under any circumstances doesn't occur. King James goes on to pervert the translation of the bible in Samuel 28:3. The hebrew original version says "And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards out of the land." Verse 7 goes on "Then said Saul unto his servants, seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, behold there is a woman that hath familiar spirit at Endor."  But the headings that were appended to these  two verses by King James  were: "3: Saul, having destroyed the "Witches" and 7:  Saul seeketh to a Witch. King James also describes us as "Hags", and living in "hovels". Yet in the Bible it says nothing of a Witch's age or dwelling.

There are many translations, editions and modifications to the bible due to the whim and prejudices of the ruling power of the time, namely kings and popes. The more paranoid and pathetic the more ruthless against certain groups of people the kings became. However looking at Corinthians 12: 4 - 12 and 14: 1, 3, 31, 32 and 39 it's  recommended accepting and using the gifts given, including those of prophesy, speaking in tongues -"covert to prophesy and forbid not to speak in tongues"-working miracles, healing, and so on. And all Pagans should revel in Job 12: 7 -8, which says "but ask now the beasts, and they will teach thee; and the fowl of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee".