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What Happened to the Bald Man's Bullies?

Q. In the Bible, somewhere, it talks about people who made fun of a bald man. What happened to them?

A. You probably have in mind the account in 2 Kings 2:23–24. It describes how, when the prophet Elisha was out on the highway walking between two cities, a mob of boys (perhaps adolescents) came out of the city and approached him, shouting, “Go up, baldhead!”

Apparently, Elisha was being threatened with physical harm. Their jeer was likely the equivalent of saying, “You’d better start running, Baldie!” (Think of a violent urban youth gang intending to murder an innocent, elderly man.) But they were immediately attacked by two she-bears who appeared out of the woods and tore forty-two of them to pieces.

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