21 February 2010

God sent two bears to rip apart 42 boys for making fun of a prophet's bald head



After Elijah went up to heaven in a chariot of fire, his disciple Elisha put on Elijah's mantle and started to perform miracles of his own. First he parted the Jordan River by slapping it with Elijah's mantle, and then he healed some water by adding a bit of salt.

And then he decided to go to Bethel.

While he was walking along, a group of 42 young boys started to make fun of Elisha's bald head.
And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. 2 Kings 2:23
So Elisha decided to try his new-found prophet powers by cursing the little buggers in the name of the Lord. Then he stood back and watched what happened.
And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. 2 Kings 2:24a
What happened must have been hard for him to watch. Two she bears came out of the woods and tore all 42 of the boys apart.
And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. 2 Kings 2:24b
The Bible doesn't say how Elisha reacted to the slaughter. It just says that he kept going on his journey to Bethel.
And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria. 2 Kings 2:25
But I bet God got a kick out of the whole thing. He's the type.

See Brucker's guest post on this killing: The Bad-News Bears

God's next killing: The Lord delivered the Moabites

20 comments:

Matthew Blanchette said...

Glad you finally covered this Killing in your official list, Steve; wonder how the hell God managed to provoke the she-bears into only attacking the children, in the first place...

busterggi said...

Okay so two bears came out of the woods & attacked two of the forty-two boys and the other forty just stood there until it was their turn?

teavee said...

This is a minor point but maybe some of the children got away. It says some (more than 42?) children mocked him and 42 (not all 42) of them were killed. Still, you would think more would have gotten away.

joshua said...

I love the congruity of the last few posts: God kills 102 for suggesting to a prophet to "go down", and kills 42 for suggesting to prophet to "go up." You just can't win with these prophets.

twillight said...

teavee:
a holw kindergarten were there?
Even if it were, how come the bears killed 42 humans? Bears are not to good predators, but if they'd been magical bears, why stop at 42? (Well, maybe for the reason Steve pointed out: 42 is not god's favourite number). How come some adult help never arrived? Were the some "Children's of the Corn"?
Or maybe there some fence around the group of children arised what's not mentioned?

teavee said...

twlight:
Maybe I did not word it well but I just meant to point out that the text seems to suggest there were more than 42 suggesting that some children escaped. I actually have no idea what circumstances to assume for this story. It's too bizarre.

I have no idea how a group 42+ children from the city would end up near a forest containing bears (school field trip?). If they were young how did 42+ of them get together without adults being around and why would their mocking be taken so seriously? If they were older how did two bears get to 42 of them without an enclosure magically appearing (as you suggested) or the children being made unable to run? I would like to think all of the children at least had the freedom and could make the choice to run.

Abeille said...

Maybe God hardened their hearts.

My word verification is siesuar.
Is God revealing something grand to me?

really said...

I just read in the Scofield Bible that the she-bear only tore the youth not killed the youth. I mean they could have gone to a hospital and received medical care couldn't they???

Brian said...

hahahhahaha. Bears.

This website is awesome. And important. Keep it up.

Secular Response said...

There is a better explanation for this. Do a google search for "Roger Kovaciny" +"bald head" (not sure if a link will post here)

Decibel33 said...

I find something interesting, and this is probably just my brain looking for a pattern, but why 42 youths? (Emphasis on 42) Interesting how it took 42 attempts to assassinate Hitler. And the answer to the universe is, of course, 42.

No said...

Some day God will meet Chuck Norris and it will be payback time

... said...

someone please explain...to me this is evil...I personally would never wish ill will on anyone even if they made fun of me...this is just wrong...how can God do this? Just because you have the power doesn't mean you should use it. Also, there is a distinction between the developed mind of a child and an adult.

riffmage said...

So instead of making all the children s hair fall out for a month or so to teach them a lesson. He has the bear kill them and they learn nothing because they are DEAD. Your god fails again.

Chris Jones said...

This scripture actually disturbed me quite a bit. One day, however, I was watching a round table discussion of the Bible and this scripture came up. In the King James Version, it reads that "two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them." The Bible Scholars gave a very simple explanation for this story. They said that the word, "tare" was essentially an archaic form of the word, "scare." So literally, the bears came and "scared" forty two of the children.

Maria F said...

In the original language, the word for children or youths may refer to anyone under thirty. These were not just some little kids being disrespectful. They were likely adults who knew full well this was a prophet, and as idol-worshipers, they were mocking God.

Lt. Coldfire said...

We need these bears up in Congress right about now.

chuckchizzle said...

If there where a kind, moral, just person/god they would not kill kids. that is for sure.
Its only when you cherry pick the bible is when you find the morals..but people seem to pass all the murder and rap. god kils more people in the Bible than the most "evil thing" satin

Unknown said...

What we see here is the earliest documented case of a street gang. Samuel L Jackson will play Elisha in the movie adaptation.

Elisha was walking along minding his own business when a bunch of hoodlums came along and said "Hey baldy. Yeah you. I'm talking to you bald motherf**ker. Get the f**k outta here." Elisha looked up unto the sky and said unto the lord "I have had it up to here with these motherf**king punks on this motherf**king road". Just then two bears come out and as they are tearing the punks limb to limb he said unto them "That's PROPHET Bald Motherf**ker to you" and went along his merry way.

Teri 9 said...

- The original word incorrectly translated as "little children" meant "youth" - meaning anyone (in those days) under the age of 30. These were not children, they were men.
- Elisha was not the bald one. Elijah was. The young men were scoffing at God's prophet, taunting him to "go up" (into heaven" "bad head" (like Elijah did). God will not be mocked.
- Do you remember the exchange between Ahab and Elijah at the end of the three year drought? Ahab asked the prophet, “Art thou he that troubleth Israel?” And Elijah replied, “I have no troubled Israel; but thou, and they father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord. . . “ (1 Kings 18:17-18)

By himself Elijah had no power to create a drought, call down fire from heaven, bring about the end of Ahab and his house, or punish or destroy Israel. It was the wickedness of Israel that created the chaos and calamity. In some cases the Lord intervened to punish directly. In others he simply let the laws he gave the world run their course. Elijah knew what he prophesied only because he was the one chosen to reveal it. Who would think that idolatry could lead people to break as many other laws as it did in Elijah’s day?

It is easy to look back and see how foolish Ahab, Jezebel, and the Israelites who halted between two opinions were. But what of today? Are men still inclined to vacillate between serving God and serving the devil? Do they still want to hear only good things about their evil choices? Do they still tend to place the blame for life’s reversals on someone else? Or will they learn the eternal fact that men reap precisely what they sow? “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”) Mockery is a sin, and such conduct is displeasing in the sight of God. That is one lesson that the story of Elisha and the scoffers of Bethel reinforces.

"Dwindling" you are. You might want to reconsider turning around and repenting.
We all might.