Elisha Succeeds Elijah
1And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Eli´jah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Eli´jah went with Eli´sha from Gilgal. 2And Eli´jah said unto Eli´sha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Beth–el. And Eli´sha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth–el. 3And the sons of the prophets that were at Beth–el came forth to Eli´sha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
4And Eli´jah said unto him, Eli´sha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. 5And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Eli´sha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
6And Eli´jah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. 7And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. 8And Eli´jah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.
9 # Deut 21.17. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Eli´jah said unto Eli´sha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Eli´sha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 10And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. 11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Eli´jah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12#2 Kgs 13.14. And Eli´sha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof! And he saw him no more.
And he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. 13He took up also the mantle of Eli´jah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 14and he took the mantle of Eli´jah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Eli´jah? And when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Eli´sha went over.
15And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Eli´jah doth rest on Eli´sha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 16And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the Lord hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send. 17And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not. 18And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?
19And the men of the city said unto Eli´sha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren. 20And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. 21And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. 22So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Eli´sha which he spake.
23And he went up from thence unto Beth–el: 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. 24And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. 25And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.