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

“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.”


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54 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.


  • 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.

  • Lesley Boney says:

    Thought I would point out this is a gift and there is nothing supernatural about it. Jesus healed, and expected his disciples to do likewise. Even the Bible points out, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12) Anyone who heals another is practicing what Jesus taught and this is a gift, and is natural as it can be-nothing to do with witchcraft, new age anything etc etc.

    I am Southern and have heard of this for years, but it has always been a Bible based phrase repeated at the scene of a bleeding, and have heard of it with burns too.

  • Mary says:

    My husband is having bleeding in one of lungs. The doctors pinpointed area but not the priimary source. I used the prayer for him. Please help me pray this

  • Elaine says:

    I am having bleeding out of my left ear that will not stop. I think I went in a little too far with a q-tip. I will pack my ear with gauze or tissues & the bleeding stops for a short time, but a few hrs. later I feel it needs changed and I will pull the tissues out and it is covered with blood and also what looks like what was trying to become a clot. I am on a blood thinner (Eliquis) and it is the weekend. I’ve tried saying the verse. I was wondering if there was anyone out there who would say the verse for me, too. Thanks in advance for any help. I know that Jesus can heal.

    Elaine T.

  • Bea says:

    My Dad is on Warafin/Coumadin blood thinner. He gets frequent severe nosebleeds. He is having one currently. I prayed this verse. I am trying very hard TJ believe. I am out of town at the moment. Please pray for him. He has also been having low blood counts lately and nosebleeds do not help matters.

  • Josie Spears says:

    We had a dearly loved dog, He cut his foot very badly. We thought he was going to bleed to death. My husband and I did not know what to do. Our 3 kids were very upset as this dog was their best friend, Their protector when out playing. We called my husband’s father he came as quick as he could he lived across the Holler from us. He took our dogs leg and paw, Held it and said this Verse, The bleeding stopped as soon as he said this. I know that this is what saved our beloved pet. He has gone on to Heaven and I know he is looking after the little ones in Heaven…

  • John says:

    I am on the list waiting for a heart transplant. I had an iron infusion today and I have to go back tomorrow for 2 units of blood. I have an LVAD, which is a pump attached to my heart, and a controller and batteries that I carry that is wired in to me to control the pump. My mom spoke of this verse, but never mentioned how to pray it. I believe wholly and completely in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I reckon this must be done through Him. Can you say this prayer over me now??

  • Elaine D says:

    Just found out through my brother’s sophisticated DNA test about our Native American heritage here in SC. Thinking back to childhood, my Grandmother (Stewart) could stop bleeding & could forsee the future thru dreams. Now a lot of things make sense, but no one knows if it was passed down or our direct lineage. Wish I had known all this sooner. Thanks all for sharing!

  • Karen Sanders says:

    My mom said my Great Grandpapa knew and did The Blood Verse but he died before he could pass it down. Dave can you or another male had it down to me on here? My mom said she saw him do it once and it worked.
    Thank you for putting this up on the web. I know this works because theree are other things that have been passed down that my mom knows that she does for people. She can bnlow out fire from a someone who has been burned.
    I would be very greatfull if you could pass The Blood Verse down to me.

  • Della Grubb says:

    My mother had this ability. she shared it with men. But she said she could share with me because I was a woman I’m hemorrhaging and I can’t and I don’t know anybody that can do this if anybody’s out there that can they please use it for me also I would like to know if I could be able to use this since my mother had the ability with that give me the ability to use it thank you

  • Chris says:

    My mother has been bleeding severely for months now, so I feel I should use it now. She is finally in surgery. I feel things will be okay.

  • My dad used this verse and method many times in his life. It is supposed to be handed down -male to female -female too male- and is not supposed to be told or talked about to a blood relative. You can tell a friend and have them tell opposite sex relative of yours. Saved my sister’s life!!!!!

  • Angie H says:

    I would like to learn more about this, my grandfather had this ability and past on it my aunt, and then the death of my grandfather the family had got in a family feud.
    The reason I will like to know so much, my husband is a Hemophiliac (Factor 9) bleeding disorder.

  • My great Grandmother could talk the fire out,heal thrush and stop bleeding. She died when I was very small. I have heard stories from some of the people she helped. I wish I had gotten this gift. It amazes me and I want to keep these healing properties alive. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Jason Holliday says:

    I would like for all to know, in order for any type of blood stopping or blood healing to take place, the practitioner needs to know the FULL name of the person afflicted. My grandmother taught this to me and showed me in the Bible where the scripture could be found– Ezekiel 16:6.

    However I have not been able to find the verses about Blowimg the burn or blowing out thrush if anyone can share this information it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Rebecca Brunetti says:

    I can talk the fire out of a burn. I do not know the verse for thrush.

    I’ve also heard you need the persons full name!

  • Barbara says:

    This is NOT witchcraft! My mother was a Christian and had nothing to do with the occult. This is the POWER OF THE LIFE OF THE SCRIPTURES. “For the word of the Lord is alive and active.” Hebrews 4 :12

    She knew the word of God, and used it as a weapon. One evening she was taking her trash out to the curb. Unknown to her, someone had put a broken glass in that bag. It cut her as she walked, and hit a artery in her leg. She was in trouble! She got back in the house and blood was pouring out of her. She couldn’t stop it and knew she was in trouble. She knew Ezekiel 16:6 and began to say it over and over. She lived to tell about it, so it obviously worked. That’s when I first learned of the verse, and that one could quote or read it when bleeding profusely. She told me to remember it. I assure you, this was not passed down in her family, and she was a Christian who had nothing to do with casting spells, or witchcraft. BUT, she believed in the lower of the living word of her God.

  • Megan Turvold-Johnson says:

    Wow…. My ancestry goes as far back as 1700’s at least for West Virginia and Appalachian Mountains. The only stories I hear have been from my mother, grandmother Janice and my grandfather George Stephenson from Fayette County. His father was Charlie and mother was Maggie Lena Kirk… her mother was Loraine and father Ralph Pauley. So on and so forth.

    But my grandmothers on both sides were very religious and believed in healings like this.

    I vaguely remember a story, maybe two, of something of the matter. I never knew my family other than immediate, wasn’t raised around them to have a family. I’ve never met any family from the Virginias but so wish I could listen to all their stories. I sometimes feel like a part of me belongs there and don’t know why. Maybe I’m crazy, maybe I’m not, but I’ve always felt like I was different…

    Started looking into it. I have found some info on indigo children and other possibilities. I have an ability to have a dreamlike state; I never know when I do–it may be it’s when I’m really sleeping… But I’ll have a dream and it will be repeatedly, very vivid, and each time I dream another thing will be pointed out or shown or I’ll see something new.. I don’t dream all the time… Just time to time.

    Eventually my dream becomes a reality… And I can catch things like deja vu before they happen, and change outcomes. It’s crazy….. But I’m serious. But this article kinda explains some things for me. Reading this article gave me chills and I almost began to cry it was just so surreal and unexplainable, I felt the history and the power.

  • Nancy Logsdon says:

    My great great grandmother was a blood stopper. She was from West Plains, Missouri (the Ozarks) and used the verse in the same way you explained.

  • C. Wilkerson says:

    My father (now deceased) could heal using the Bible Verse Ezekiel 16:6 and could also, blow the heat from a burn. He learned these things from an elderly black lady in Alabama in the 1930’s. He passed these gifts to me when I was a child. And as you say here, from female to male, from male to female.

  • Rebecca says:

    When I was young, my dad cut his hand severely stringing up barbed wire. We were about 20 miles from town, but only a couple miles from my grandparents’ home. My grandfather spoke over him and stopped the bleeding. I asked someone about this about 15 years ago, and they were just taken aback. They swore it was witchcraft, as the only thing that could do such a thing was a spell, and the Bible most certainly did not contain spells. I am glad to have found exactly which verse this was, because I have witnessed this working. My aunt can blow the thrush out, and my mother has dreams. This is honestly too crazy! Outside of my family, I have never heard of anyone else knowing about any of this! Thanks!!!

  • Anganette Lett says:

    So I’ve had a burn so severe when I was around 6 and my mother took me to a lady who could blow and talk the fire out of burns. Does this mean that I have the gift of healing and have yet to tap into at age 46.

  • My cousin had told me about this verse in the Bible being used by her mother on her. Her Paw Paw John had said the verse to stop the bleeding from her brother. I didn’t doubt the stories as much as wonder why it would work. Earlier today my cousin, the same one who told me of the verse, cut her finger to the bone. I had went through all our paper towels but couldn’t stop the bleeding. We called her mother but because she was at work, she told us to call her aunt. Her aunt looked the verse up and recited it. My cousin’s finger that had been pouring blood, immediately stopped bleeding. I had cold chills all over because it was like a miracle. So, I googled the verse and came upon this site. Thanks for the information.

  • Jane Ball says:

    This is true. My Grandfather passed to my aunt. Then her nephew then to me. All from Logan, WV area. Been told stories that it can be done by phone. And my grandfather was a water bender finder, too. I see dreams of those that are passing, too. But, nice to see ppl talking about this. DNA says we are from United kingdom/British. 60% french/German, 30%, 19% Scandinavian 1% native American. Basically, based on history Danes.

  • Joy Johnson says:

    My Grandma knew this and her sister, my Great Aunt, told me of two times she knew of that my Grandma used it to stop bleeding and saved life

  • Melissa Digiorgi says:

    My grandmother also used it. She told my sister that it had to be handed down from the 7th son of a 7th son. She would never tell us the scripture. She is deceased now. I’ve researched and came upon this website. My grandmother was from West Virginia, and was poor. People couldn’t afford medical care. She also could remove warts. She removed several warts from family members including myself. She would rub the wart and whisper something. Does anyone know anything about this removing of warts.

  • Katherine Abbigale Brown says:

    My son has become severely I’ll over a period of hours I’m sure just a virus, I need prayers his fever has spiked I gave him meds I’m very spiritual he is finally sleeping his name is Isaiah Luke any and all prayers are appreciated , I googled the blood verse cause my husband’s mother passed it to him and he to me , are there any other verses for healing I could use on my beloved 3 year old son, I can’t stand to see him like this makes me physically sick.

    Concerned mother

  • I use to have nosebleeds at least once a week. They began at the age of six and to the best of my recollection they went on till I was approximately 13. My mom and dad both were saved and baptized and attended a Full gospel Pentecostal church. With each nosebleed she would recite Ezekiel 16:6. It never failed to stopen the bleeding within seconds, always under a minute. I just figured she knew a lot of the Bible and therefore knew how to stop it. So, I have also used it on my daughter when she was younger, same issue. It worked every time. Praise be to God.

  • heather says:

    This works everytime. My mother used this verse I over me when I was younger and would have severe nose bleeds and they would immediately stop. I use it over my son now that has nose bleeds as I did, he just woke with a nose bleed and I read it and stopped immediately. God is great!!!!!

  • Ann says:

    The word of God is powerful and it is alive. Also some who blow on burns it sound as if your possess the gift of healing or miracles. My great great grandmother could blow in babies mouths who had thrash and the Lord would heal them . Also the same with burns. This scripture also works.

  • My great aunt possessed this gift. It was never used on me but I have ancestors who lived because of this gift and verse in the Bible. I am glad to read these comments because I knew some parts to the story but not much. I also had ancestors who lived because of this verse. Not knowing any better we referred to it as white witchcraft. White indicating Good and the other occult witchcraft. I always felt that because you needed scripture for it to work that it couldn’t be bad.

  • It is not witchcraft nor a gift that one person can possess IT IS THE POWERFUL LIVING WORD OF GOD

  • Lori says:

    I know how to heal thrush and stop bleeding; it had been handed down through families where I grew up in Florida. But I don’t know the verse for burns. I think it would be nice for those of us who have been given the gift to have a Facebook group so we can swap stories and get to know each other, and maybe trade gifts too. Please contact me if interested.

  • Cybil Taylor says:

    I told a lady at work I was pregnant and she told me to do this if I started bleeding and it would stop it.

  • Rachel says:

    My dad said this prayer over my mom when her stomach tumor was bleeding. The bleeding stop. Thank you Jesus! His grandmother told him and her father told her. I was also told it was passed Male to female and female to Male. God is amazing.

  • barbara says:

    Dave I have heard of this working. My mother said a woman said a verse over her when she was a child and stopped her bleeding. Since, Im assuming you are a male, Dave and posting it here then does that mean you are passing it on to me and it will work???

  • Vickery says:

    Starting the Facebook group now. Email for info

  • Grant says:

    My grandmother believed in God but would not go to church. She used the verse on me quite often and it always worked. She passed it on to me and it works even though I am an atheist. I used it on my daughter and passed it on to her. I have seen the same sort of “charm” used in other cultures and religions. My theory is if you pass it on to someone you personally have used it on it will take. I don’t think it has anything to do with the power of suggestion because it worked on me without my knowledge, just one of life’s mysteries. The math authentication quiz is a real brain breaker

  • Help for nancy says:

    Can someone tell me the verse that would talk fire out of someone if there’s anybody out there can give me the verse so I can talk fire out of my hand or is there anybody out there that’s willing to talk fire out of my hand over the internet can anybody help me please my telephone number is 252 661_0494

  • Michelle says:

    If you are a Christian believer, pray 3 times out loud, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, fire come out!”
    You command the fire to come out.

  • Vickii lebrun says:

    Was hunting and accidentally shot my finger off. Blood was pouring. My son quoted the blood verse and it quit bleeding immediately.

  • I’ve know people that could take away poison, warts, fire,sore throats and all sorts of things. It’s the work of God no doubt. Wish I could do it too. I would like to ask if there is anyone out there that can heal a person who is now terminally ill from having pneumonia and a urinary tract infection go septic on them. He is a very dear friend of mine named Daniel Thornton now laying unconcious in Rex Hospital Heart Center in Raleigh, NC. If anyone has the gift to heal him by knowing his name and where he is please help my friend before it’s too late. Thank you and God bless those of you that can do these great things helping your fellow human beings.

  • Nita says:

    My grandmother passed it to me. Her Mother was able to do it. I thought it skipped a generation and went from female to female. So now I don’t know whether to pass it to my oldest son or my oldest granddaughter. So many different versions.

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