2 Kings 2:24

“And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee turned backe, and looked on them, and cursed them in the Name of the Lord: and there came foorth two shee Beares out of the wood, and tare fortie and two children of them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he looked behind him and saw them, and cursed them in the name of Jehovah. And there came forth two she-bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two lads of them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And turning back, he saw them, and put a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the wood and put forty-two of the children to death.
- Basic English Bible

And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of Jehovah. And there came forth two she-bears out of the wood, and tore forty-two children of them.
- Darby Bible

And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tore forty and two children of them.
- Webster's Bible

He looked behind him and saw them, and cursed them in the name of Yahweh. Two female bears came out of the woods, and mauled forty-two of those youths.
- World English Bible

And he looketh behind him, and seeth them, and declareth them vile in the name of Jehovah, and two bears come out of the forest, and rend of them forty and two lads.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he looked behind him and saw them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she-bears out of the wood, and tore forty and two children of them.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Kings 2:24


2:24 Cursed them - Nor was this punishment too great for the offence, if it be considered, that their mocking proceeded from a great malignity of mind against God; that they mocked not only a man, and an ancient man, whose very age commanded reverence; and a prophet; but even God himself, and that glorious work of God, the assumption of Elijah into heaven; that they might be guilty of many other heinous crimes, which God and the prophet knew; and were guilty of idolatry, which by God's law deserved death; that the idolatrous parents were punished in their children; and that, if any of these children were more innocent, God might have mercy upon their souls, and then this death was not a misery, but a real blessing to them, that they were taken away from that education which was most likely to expose them not only to temporal, but eternal destruction. In the name - Not from any revengeful passion, but by the motion of God's Spirit, and by God's command and commission. God did this, partly, for the terror and caution of all other idolaters and prophane persons who abounded in that place; partly, to vindicate the honour, and maintain the authority of his prophets; and particularly, of Elisha, now especially, in the beginning of his sacred ministry. Children - This Hebrew word signifies not only young children, but also those who are grown up to maturity, as #Gen 32:22|, 34:4, 37:30, Ruth 1:5.


Discussion for 2 Kings 2:24

  • Zeus Hamilton for verse 24
    The bad children mocked poor Elisha and called him "bald head ". It is rude. It is a crime. And they should be punished. These naughty kids really needs a firm hand. They deserved to be mistreated by these bears. The bears are pets for God. God has power over the bears. And if someone provokes his messenger, he releases the bears. I hope the bad children learned their lesson. God loves us
  • it makes perfect sense to me. Elijah heals the waters in the name of the Lord and these ungrateful curs berate and insult him? if Elijah had been wrong to curse them, nothing would have happened. those miscreants deserved what they got. God judged them as only he can. Only man would be arrogant enough to insult or disagree with God.
  • What lengths Wesley goes to in order to excuse this atrocity committed by god!

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