Bullied by children
Elisha summoned two bears
Forty-two boys mauled
He [Elisha] went up from there to Bethel; and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go away, baldhead! Go away, baldhead!” When he turned around and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.2 Kings 2:23-24 NRSV
Can anyone tell me what the moral of this story (2 Kings 2:23-24) might be? The Bible commentaries on this passage say stuff like “in the original language, this means blah, blah.” I’m not interested in the original language because I only know what’s in front of me in English. As I read this passage in English in the version of the Bible that I am reading, or that my church subscribes to, it doesn’t mean anything but what it says!