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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24 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.

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