Ezekiel 16:6 – The Blood Verse

I don’t remember where I learned it, the Blood Verse. I suppose, in reality, it was more lived than learned. It just seems like it was always there, was always a fact and always worked. Apparently, it’s a belief that goes back much further than my generation or my parent’s generation. It seems as I have spoken with people over the years, to be common knowledge among mountain people.

The Blood Verse

The Scripture is Ezekiel Chapter 16, verse 6And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

As far as I know, saying this verse over anyone who is hemorrhaging will stop the blood flow. You just have to be a believer. I have witnessed this working on nosebleeds, cuts and more and have recited the verse over my daughter when her nose was bleeding at a steady stream, and it stopped almost immediately. I’ve never heard much history on the belief though, other than to just KNOW that it works.

I’ve also heard many, many stories about it working on farm animals as well, but have no personal recollections that anything like that has ever worked for anyone close in our family. I did happen to read about it on a website called Appalachian History where it is called “The Blood Verse” and attributed to Hillbilly Witchcraft.

I’ve never heard that aspect of it, nor have I heard that “the gift” has to be passed from a man, to a woman, to a man, and back to a woman, and so forth. As a matter of fact, if my grandmother had even remotely thought that someone was coming from witchcraft, she would have distanced herself as far as possible from that person, and whatever it was they were trying to teach her.

No, I believe this to be true faith.

Faith and the Word

Of course, there is MUCH debate about faith-related issues, so this certainly won’t escape it either, however, arguing or “debating” about these things is ultimately useless.

To someone who DOES believe, you just can’t take that away from them. And those that don’t, probably never will. I suppose that’s the way it should be. Everyone has a right to believe what they feel right in their heart to believe, and I won’t try to argue that with anyone.

However, I’m certainly not putting this up for a cause to debate. I’m sure there are many who know nothing about it. I’m simply putting this up as one of the “old time” things I remember from my childhood. Maybe someone else remembers it too 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Ezekiel 16:6 – The Blood Verse

  1. Sis, I have heard this blood verse so many times when I was growing up. As you know, I grew up in the heart of the Appalachian mountains in Eastern Kentucky. I have heard my grandmother pray it over people and seen results as well! Like you said, when you believe the word of God, and you have faith in it’s words, you generally see results!
    I am looking forward to reading more about the Old Ways here! From one hillbilly to another, Renae

    • Yes, I expected you had heard this before, for sure 🙂 You know, as I was writing it out, and getting closer to the end of the blog post, I thought once to discard it. Because the more I wrote, the crazier it sounded. There are a lot of people out there who think this stuff is nonsense, but I just couldn’t throw it away! It is as much a part of OUR HERITAGE as many things are to other people. Just because it seems out of sorts, doesn’t mean I can discard it and wipe it from my very own slate. Especially knowing that the Word is ALIVE and God’s Word accomplishes what it sets out to do. No, I couldn’t bury something like that. So I hit “publish” and, well, here we are 🙂

      • I enjoy reading about this. My daddy and his people were raised in the old ways so I am very interested and wish I had listened when I had the chance. His people carried healing rocks, and I know some of them would eat the red dirt. I know this sounds crazy, but they believed in healing powers of the earth.

        • Hi Ann! Thanks so much for reading and responding! No, it certainly doesn’t sound crazy, that’s actually a Native American thing, if I’m not mistaken. There ARE, in fact, a great many minerals in the earth that we simply can’t get anywhere else. I had a cousin one time who’s baby became deathly ill and the “old timey” doctor that she took the child to gave her one thing to do – let the child get DIRTY lol. He said the baby was too clean and needed what was in the dirt to survive. Also, if you’ve ever heard of The Maker’s Diet, the author speaks at length about how he had to add certain nutrients to his diet, and they basically came from dirt. He was literally dumping bits of earth he had ordered online into his smoothies and recipes. (By the way, I recommend that book, if you haven’t read it lol).

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