Elijah Taken Away from Elisha
1When Yahweh was about to take Elijah up in the storm to heaven, Elijah and Elisha went from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for Yahweh has sent me up to Bethel.” Elisha said, “As Yahweh lives#Literally “The life of Yahweh” and as your soul lives,#Literally “life of your soul” I will certainly not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel. 3Then the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and they said to him, “Do you know that Yahweh is going to take your master from you#Literally “from over your head” today?” He said, “I also know; be quiet!”
4Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please stay here because Yahweh has sent me to Jericho.” And he said, “As Yahweh lives#Literally “The life of Yahweh” and as your soul lives,#Literally “life of your soul” I will certainly not leave you!” So they came to Jericho. 5Then the sons of the prophets who were in Jericho came near to Elisha, and they said to him, “Do you know that Yahweh is going to take your master from you#Literally “from over your head” today?” He said, “I also know; be quiet!”
6Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, because Yahweh has sent me to the Jordan.” He said, “As Yahweh lives#Literally “The life of Yahweh” and as your soul lives,#Literally “life of your soul” I will certainly not leave you!” So the two of them went on. 7Then fifty men from the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up, and struck the water. It divided in two,#Literally “here and here” and the two of them crossed over on dry land.
9After they crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I may do for you before I am taken away from you.” Then Elisha said, “Please let there come to me a double portion of your spirit.” 10He said, “What you ask is difficult. If you see me being taken from you, it will be so for you, but if not, it will not happen.” 11Then they were walking, talking as they went. Suddenly a fiery chariot with horses of fire appeared and separated between the two of them. Elijah went up in the storm to the heavens 12while Elisha was watching and crying out, “My father, my father; the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” But he could not see him any longer, and he grasped his clothes and tore them in two pieces.
13Then he picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen off of him, and he returned and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14He took Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from upon him and struck the water. Then he said, “Where is Yahweh, the God of Elijah?” So he also struck the water, and it divided in two,#Literally “here and here” and Elisha crossed over.
Elisha Begins His Ministry
15When the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho saw him from the other side, they declared, “The spirit of Elijah rests upon Elisha,” and they came to meet him and bowed down to him to the ground. 16Then they said to him, “Look, there are with your servants fifty able men. Please let them go and look for your master, lest the Spirit of Yahweh has lifted him up and thrown him on one of the mountains or into one of the valleys,” but he said, “You must not send them.” 17But they urged him until embarrassing him, so he said, “Send them.” So they sent fifty men, and they looked for three days, but they could not find him. 18Then they returned to him while he was staying in Jericho. He said to them, “Did I not tell you not to go?”
19The men of the city said to Elisha, “Please now, the location of the city is good, as my master can see, but the water is bad and the land unproductive.” 20So he said, “Bring me a new bowl and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21Then he went out to the spring of waters and threw the salt into it there and said, “Thus says Yahweh, ‘I hereby purify these waters; let there be no longer any death or unproductiveness from it.’ ” 22Then the waters were purified until this very day according to the word of Elisha that he spoke.
23Then he went up from there to Bethel; as he was going up along the way, young boys came out from the city and mocked at him and said to him, “Go up, baldhead; go up, baldhead!” 24When he turned around and saw them, he cursed them in the name of Yahweh. Then two bears came out of the forest and mauled forty-two boys among them. 25Then he went from there to Mount Carmel and from there he returned to Samaria.