Elijah Ascends to Heaven
1And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to #Gen. 5:24; (Heb. 11:5)take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with #1 Kin. 19:16–21Elisha from Gilgal. 2Then Elijah said to Elisha, #Ruth 1:15, 16“Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and #1 Sam. 1:26; 2 Kin. 2:4, 6; 4:30as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
3Now #1 Kin. 20:35; 2 Kin. 2:5, 7, 15; 4:1, 38; 9:1the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?”
And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
4Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they came to Jericho.
5Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?”
So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
6Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on. 7And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and #Ex. 14:21, 22; Josh. 3:16; 2 Kin. 2:14it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry #Josh. 3:17ground.
9And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?”
Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
10So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 11Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly #2 Kin. 6:17; Ps. 104:4a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah #Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, #2 Kin. 13:14“My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, #2 Kin. 2:8it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.
15Now when the sons of the prophets who were #2 Kin. 2:7from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him. 16Then they said to him, “Look now, there are fifty strong men with your servants. Please let them go and search for your master, #1 Kin. 18:12; Ezek. 8:3; Acts 8:39lest perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has taken him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley.”
And he said, “You shall not send anyone.”
17But when they urged him till he was #2 Kin. 8:11ashamed, he said, “Send them!” Therefore they sent fifty men, and they searched for three days but did not find him. 18And when they came back to him, for he had stayed in Jericho, he said to them, “Did I not say to you, ‘Do not go’?”
Elisha Performs Miracles
19Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.”
20And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21Then he went out to the source of the water, and #Ex. 15:25, 26; 2 Kin. 4:41; 6:6; John 9:6cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’ ” 22So the water remains #Ezek. 47:8, 9healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
23Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!”
24So he turned around and looked at them, and #Deut. 27:13–26pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.
25Then he went from there to #1 Kin. 18:19, 20; 2 Kin. 4:25Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.