The men of the city said to Elisha, "Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive."
"Bring me a new bowl," he said, "and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.
Then he went out to the spring and threw1 the salt into it, saying, "This is what the LORD says: 'I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.' "
And the water has remained wholesome2 to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.
From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered3 at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said. "Go on up, you baldhead!"
He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse4 on them in the name5 of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.
And he went on to Mount Carmel6 and from there returned to Samaria.