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Which Bible verses support the use of holy water?

Full Question

Are there Bible verses I can cite to support the use of holy water? Fundamentalists say holy water is a superstition that has no basis in the Bible.


They’re wrong. Look up Numbers 5:17, where a ritual is being described and the text says, “[A]nd the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water.”

This shows that holy water not only has a basis in the Bible, but that it has been around since the days of Moses. Holy water was used for numerous Old Testament ceremonies that involved ceremonial sprinklings and washings. Today we are not bound to perform those ceremonies, but the fact holy water was used at all proves that it is not a superstitious or invalid practice.


  1. ruby Reply

    a prayer group and our sort of leader blessed a jug of water and she made us drink it ,she said its holy and we drink it to cleanse us,like shes not a priest ,so is that supposed to be ok?

    1. pauline Reply

      i thought we aren’t suppose to drink the Holy Water.

  2. Caryl-Ann le Roux Reply

    The only person that can bless water is a priest. In regard to drinking the holy water to cleanse you is stretching the imagination. The only way one can be cleansed is by prayer. The drinking of holy water is generally not done. I have only seen it once when prayers of deliverance are prayed.

  3. CJ Reply

    I would add too (as a former Evangelical Protestant, now Evangelical Catholic) that Acts 19:11-12 is useful for simply pointing out the use of relics or sacramentals or blessed objects as a special means of dispensing God’s blessing/grace as well. ACTS 19: 11-12: “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.”

    Verses like these –and Biblical support in general, which the Catholic Church DOES have on its side, whether individual Catholics know it or not — are crucial stepping stones in helping our Protestant brothers and sisters find Christ in His Church. They can also help boost cradle Catholics up in knowing why and what they believe. Blessings!

  4. lizzy Reply say answer me…..i had a confession and i actually forgot many of my mortal sin…but after that i asked God for forgiveness.. i want to change my attitude like saying bad words whenever im mad but i really can’t control it..and i am hot headed..i get mad in just a little mistake…that’s why i ask myself if I’m really real in asking for forgiveness to Him but i can’t control my bad attitude..and Does God understands me?

    1. jigz Reply

      Just control your temper first, once you make it, then you can now avoid of saying bad words, then later, replace those bad words with, ” My God” or My Lord, it may hard at first but later by later, you will use to…pray always

      1. Alfred leonetti Reply

        Dear Friend: One of the most important things you must learn first is Restraint here are some verses that will help you with that Read Proverbs 10-11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of Life but violence covers the mouth of the wicked, Proverbs 10-12 Hatred stirreth up Strife but Love covers all sins, Proverbs 10-14 Wise Men lay up Knowledge but the Mouth of the Foolish is near destruction, Proverbs 10-20 The Tounge of the Just is as Choice Silver The Heart of the Wicked is little worth, The Mouth of the Just brings forth Wisdom but the forward tounge shall be cut out say these verses three times daily and you will grow in wisdom and will develop Restraint. MY Grand mother used to say it is better for one to think you a fool rather then Open your mouth and Remove all Doubt Only you can Decide which person you want to become do you want to be like the Wise man whos tounge is like Choice Silver or do you want to be the foolish man who’s tounge will be cast into the lake of Fire I work in Customer service and deal with all types of people and through prayer I have learned restraint and do not respond when other people get under my skin.

  5. alfred Reply

    DEAR Friend: if you are Hot headed you first should read proverBS 10-11 The Mouth of a Righteous man is a well of Life but vilence covers the the Mouth of the wicked Poverbs 10-12 Hatred stirs up strifes but Love covers all sins10-14Wise men lay up Knowledge but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction Onlu you can decide which kind of person you want to be as My Grandmother used to say it is better for one to think you a fool rather then to open your mouth and remove all doubt. say these verses three times daily and you will learn restraint I know because I learned restraint and earned not torespond to people when they get under my skin.

  6. John Hallman Reply

    The Numbers chapter cited refers to a ritual that was used to identify an adulterous woman. This is in no way similar or justifies the concept of “holy water” from a Catholic point of view at all. How is it that finding a word in the Bible justifies the use of that word for something completely different? Did anyone actually go read Numbers 5?

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