2 Kings 2:19-22

19 Then the men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful."
20 He said, "Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.
21 He went out to the spring of water and 1threw salt in it and said, "Thus says the LORD, 'I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.' "
22 So the waters have been purified to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.

2 Kings 2:19-22 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 KINGS 2

This chapter relates, how that Elisha accompanied Elijah to several places, and on the other side Jordan Elijah was taken up from him to heaven, which occasioned great lamentation in him, 2Ki 2:1-12, but having the mantle of Elijah, he divided the waters of Jordan, and passed over, 2Ki 2:13,14, and the sons of the prophets at Jericho, perceiving the spirit of Elijah on him, showed him great respect, and proposed sending men to seek his master, which they did in vain, 2Ki 2:15-18, when he healed the waters at Jericho, at the request of the men of it, 2Ki 2:19-22, and the chapter is concluded with the destruction of forty two children at Bethel by bears, who mocked him, 2Ki 2:23,24.

2 Kings 2:19-22 In-Context

17 But when they urged him until he was ashamed, he said, "Send." They sent therefore fifty men; and they searched three days but did not find him.
18 They returned to him while he was staying at Jericho; and he said to them, "Did I not say to you, 'Do not go '?"
19 Then the men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful."
20 He said, "Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.
21 He went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, "Thus says the LORD , 'I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.' "
22 So the waters have been purified to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
23 Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, "Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!"
24 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.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Exodus 15:25, 26; 2 Kings 4:41; 2 Kings 6:6

Footnotes 6