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2 Kings 2:23

Overview - 2 Kings 2
Elijah, taking his leave of Elisha, with his mantle divides Jordan;
and, granting Elisha his request, is taken up by a fiery chariot into heaven.
12 Elisha, dividing Jordan with Elijah's mantle, is acknowledged his successor.
16 The young prophets, hardly obtaining leave to seek Elijah, cannot find him.
19 Elisha with salt heals the unwholesome waters.
23 Bears destroy the children that mocked Elisha.
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2 Kings 2:23  (King James Version)
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.
 


Beth-el
1 Kings 12:28-32 ; Hosea 4:15 ; Hosea 10:5 Hosea 10:15 Amos 3:14 ; 4:4 5:5 7:13

little children
The words {nrim ketannim} not only signify little children but young men; for {katon} signifies not only little, but young, in opposition to old; and {nr} signifies not only a child, but a young man grown to years of maturity: thus Isaac is called {nr} when twenty-eight years old, Joseph when thirty-nine, and Rehoboam when forty. These idolatrous young men, having heard of the ascension of Elijah, without believing it, blasphemously bade Elisha to follow him. The venerable prophet, from a Divine impulse, pronounced a curse "in the name of the Lord," which was immediately followed by
the most terrible judgment; thus evincing the Source from which it flowed. Job 19:18 ; Job 30:1 Job 30:8-31 Proverbs 20:11 ; Proverbs 22:6 Proverbs 22:15 Ecclesiastes 11:10 ; Isaiah 1:4 ; 3:5
Jeremiah 7:18

mocked
Genesis 21:9 ; 2 Chronicles 36:16 ; Job 30:1 Job 30:8 Job 30:9 ; Psalms 35:15 ; Isaiah 57:3 Isaiah 57:4 ; Galatians 4:29
Hebrews 11:36

Go up
11 ; Matthew 27:29-31 Matthew 27:40-43
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