1Now when Yahweh was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2And Elijah said to Elisha, "Tarry here, please; for Yahweh has sent me as far as Bethel." But Elisha said, "As Yahweh lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel. 3And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that today Yahweh will take away your master from over you?" And he said, "Yes, I know it; hold your peace."
4Elijah said to him, "Elisha, tarry here, please; for Yahweh has sent me to Jericho." But he said, "As Yahweh lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they came to Jericho. 5The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that today Yahweh will take away your master from over you?" And he answered, "Yes, I know it; hold your peace."
6Then Elijah said to him, "Tarry here, please; for Yahweh has sent me to the Jordan." But he said, "As Yahweh lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So the two of them went on. 7Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8Then Elijah took his mantle, and rolled it up, and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground.
9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "please let me inherit a double share of your spirit." 10And he said, "You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if you do not see me, it shall not be so." 11And as they still went on and talked, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12And Elisha saw it and he cried, "My father, my father! the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" And he saw him no more.
Then he took hold of his own clothes and rent them in two pieces. 13And he took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, "Where is Yahweh, the God of Elijah?" And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other; and Elisha went over.
15Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho saw him over against them, they said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him. 16And they said to him, "Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men; pray, let them go, and seek your master; it may be that the Spirit of Yahweh has caught him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley." And he said, "You shall not send." 17But when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, "Send." They sent therefore fifty men; and for three days they sought him but did not find him. 18And they came back to him, while he tarried at Jericho, and he said to them, "Did I not say to you, Do not go?"
19Now the men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful." 20He said, "Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it." So they brought it to him. 21Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it, and said, "Thus says Yahweh, I have made this water wholesome; henceforth neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it." 22So the water has been wholesome to this day, according to the word which Elisha spoke.
23He 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 up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!" 24And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of Yahweh. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys. 25From there he went on to Mount Carmel, and thence he returned to Samaria.
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