The Blood Verse

Posted by | March 7, 2008

Please welcome guest blogger Timothy W. Hooker, author of the Sushi Tuesday blog. Tim teaches English at Cleveland State Community College [TN], is a “Point of View” moderator for WDEF-TV 12, and is the author of several works, including: “Rocket Man: A Rhapsody of Short Stories,” “Duncan Hambeth: Furniture King of the South,” and “Looking For A City.”

I don’t pretend to know how or why it works; I just know it does.

Among the Appalachian people, it’s known as the Blood Verse and it is probably the most controversial aspect of hillbilly witchcraft. I don’t feel comfortable calling it a spell. But, it is something my analytical, scientific, humanistic mind can’t rationalize away.

Simply put, the Blood Verse stops hemorrhaging on sentient beings when nothing else will. And, by sentient, I mean it will work on animals just as quickly and effectively as it will on humans. I’ve seen others use it. I’ve used it myself.

And, up until now, I’ve been very hesitant to talk about it.

But, here we go.

The Blood Verse is found in the Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 16, Verse 6. It
reads:

“And 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.”

Ezekiel Prophesying by Gustave DoréNot just anybody can use it. It has to be handed down from male to female to male to female, by someone who already uses it. My mother handed it down to me.

If a sentient being is bleeding uncontrollably, the practitioner can say the verse aloud three times and then say the complete name of the person who is bleeding, and the bleeding will stop.

It’s that simple.

The practitioner does not have to have rock-solid faith. The practitioner doesn’t have to be sinless. The power of the Blood Verse overrides any deficiencies in the practitioner.

I’ve seen my mother use the Blood Verse on cattle that have been de-horned. I’ve used it on people who were recovering from dental surgery. And, it’s always worked. Immediately. Conclusively. No questions asked.

I even used it on my father, when his brain stem hemorrhaged. By that time, the damage was done; he was already brain-dead. But later, the doctors, not knowing what I’d done, reported that the bleeding stopped, believe it or not, at the same time I used the Blood Verse.

I don’t expect anyone reading this to believe me; feel free to think I’m nuts. I’ve got a wall full of academic degrees that say I excel at critical thinking skills; I’m not supposed to believe in things I can’t measure in a test-tube. But, I know the Blood Verse works.

And, as Charlie Daniels would say, “There are some things in this world you just can’t explain.”

TWH

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12 Responses

  • Kimberlee Ketterman Edgar says:

    Dear Dave, I read your article here on bloodstoppers. This ability has been handed down through my family for hundreds of years. Both of my greatgrandmother possesed the ability. I also have the ability and can also cure burns by blowing on them. yes, it is hard to talk to people about this because they think you are crazy or they don’t believe you anyway. My family acknowledges that our ability exists but they don’t like to talk about it. I would like to hear back from you on this matter because there’s not alot of people I can to talk to about it. Some of my family members are even afraid of me, isn’t that sad? Kim.

  • margaret says:

    Kim, You and I corresponded for a short while a number of years ago about a possible link in our heritage. I’d enjoy hearing from you again to pursue this possibility. For instance, is your Ketterman grandmother a relative to me in any way?

    I was given your name by the woman who, at the time, was the manager of the Big Bend Campground in West Virginia.

    Hope to hear back from you.

    Margaret

  • Amber Moss says:

    Hey, I am really interested in speaking with all of you above on this subject (writer of the post, & the two who commented on the article). These gifts also run in my family and it would be really really nice to talk to others about this kind of thing that won’t think I am crazy. I know this post is really old, but I hope you will still be able to see this and contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. -Amber

  • Joy Wood says:

    This has been passed down for many generations in our SC/NC families on both sides. I use it weekly. Also many are afraid of me and when I lay hands on feel “heat” from hands. Also the dreams of people shortly before they die. No one wants to hear of my dreams any more. The dreams started at 10. My brother also has these dreams.

  • Michelle Eaker says:

    I was just told about this by my older cousin. She said our great aunt used to do this. Our family originated from Germany and Switzerland, and lived in NC when coming to America.

  • Gloria Moore says:

    Any true believer in the supernatural power of God’s Word can use this verse with the same result you have seen. Believing you shall have what you say, as scripture says, is the key.

  • My Mom was not able to passthisto one of my brothers. I tried it just on myself. I am currently hemorrhaging from radiation proctitis. Can someone pray this verse for me. I have prayed it with what I thought was success but the bleeding returns.

  • Dave says:

    This is one of the passages from the scriptures to teach us. It can be used by anyone, even an atheist [As I USED to be].
    I memorized it from the King James Version; I don’t know if that makes a difference.
    To Gail, memorize it and keep saying, if the bleeding starts back, say it again.
    There are others: tithing is one.

  • Elizabeth says:

    My grandfather was supposed to pass down both teachings to me but he died when I was six. Is it still possible for me to do this even though he did not teach me? I was supposed to learn the blood verse and also about burns. My father says his dad never taught him because it was supposed to be past down from male to female and female to male.

  • Melissa says:

    You don’t have to follow any special protocol for passing this from one generation to another, although I’ve heard the same superstition. Even heard that you’d “lose the gift” if you told anyone about it. I was first told about the blood-stopping verse by my Mamaw. She knew of it from her mother, and said she first remembered it working on her brother when they were children in the thirties when he got his finger caught in a coffee grinder (the finger was so damaged it had to be amputated, but it did stop bleeding). I’ve used it multiple times for bad nose bleeds or other persistent bleeding, and even taught it to my children (my middle son gets nosebleeds and has been saying the verse over himself since he was 5 or 6). My mother said it over my grandmother when she was in the hospital and had internal bleeding the doctors couldn’t find the source of. The bleeding stopped immediately.

    All you have to do is believe and have faith that it will work. The Bible says that God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), so why would some people be given this gift and not others? If you believe it will work, it will work for you too. The Word also says that believer will “lay hands on the sick and they shall recover,” (Mark 16:18), so it should be no surprise that healing should be a gift that any faith-filled believer can have. I’ve told people about this verse, especially mothers of young children and women with heavy menstrual bleeding that made them anemic or weak. It works!!

  • […] 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 […]

  • Eric Sevier says:

    This ability was also in my family which came to Texas from Tennessee. The passing down was different, the “blood stopping” ability had to be told to an unrelated female who then passed it to the next generation male. My great grandfather was the last to use the ability. It was witnessed by my grandfather when a neighbor horse became badly cut up and tangled in barbed wire. The secret became lost due to the female that was to pass on the ability refusing to do so out of fright.

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