The Mysterious Blood Verse of the Bible

The verse is almost a magical incantation that could actually staunch the blood flow of humans and animals alike.

I have written about a mysterious symphony that kills the listeners.  I have written about a mysterious dancing plague that caused the exhausted dancers to drop after days of reeling about.  This next mystery is new to me.  It bothers me that I had never heard of it.

This morsel of folklore originated in the old mountainous areas of our country: Appalachia, The Blue Ridge Mountains, and the old Aux Arcs rollers a little further west.  They have all heard of the verse and the miracle it performs.  This eerie Blood Verse is found in the Old Testament of the King James Bible:  It is Ezekiel 16:6.


And when I passed by thee and saw thee polluted with thine own 

blood, I said unto thee “When thou was in thy blood, live;” Yea, I said

unto thee, “when thou was in thy blood, live.”


It does have kind of a ring to it.  The passage is not just seen as a Bible verse, but almost as a magical incantation that could actually staunch the blood flow of humans and animals alike.   It stopped hemorrhaging on the spot.

There is a specific method to get the desired results.  It has to be recited loudly three times, then the bleeder’s name is pronounced at the end of the third recitation.  

I have a couple of Vance Randolph’s books on mountain tales, and I do not remember reading anything about the Blood Verse, but he did write of it in Ozark Magic and Folklore.  In it, he quoted a woman as saying, “Daddy always kept that chapter at hand so he could find it real quick.  He would read it when we cut ourselves real dangerous, the great God of Israel would stop the bleeding.  It is not a magic charm.  It is God’s own words.”

This method must have been a comfort to hill people when doctors and medicine were few and far between.  The believers believed.

There is another camp that cautions that God did not intend the Blood Verse to be aimed at stopping bleeding, that it was, instead, God’s criticism of his faithless bride, Jerusalem, who broke a covenant with Him.

The hill people handed down the benefits of the Blood Verse in their oral history, in diaries and journals, and even in written correspondence.  It is still being used in the hills and hollers.

 I have no plans to test it out any time soon, although the echoes of the hills run deep in my own blood.


Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Curious, Indeed, a collection of true stories about the bizarre and unexplained. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.





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