As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire1 and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven2 in a whirlwind.312
Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots4 and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore5 them apart.
He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.
Then he took the cloak6 that had fallen from him and struck7 the water with it. "Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.
The company8 of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit9 of Elijah is resting on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.
"Look," they said, "we your servants have fifty able men. Let them go and look for your master. Perhaps the Spirit10 of the LORD has picked him up11 and set him down on some mountain or in some valley." "No," Elisha replied, "do not send them."
But they persisted until he was too ashamed12 to refuse. So he said, "Send them." And they sent fifty men, who searched for three days but did not find him.
When they returned to Elisha, who was staying in Jericho, he said to them, "Didn't I tell you not to go?"
The men of the city said to Elisha, "Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive."
"Bring me a new bowl," he said, "and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.
Then he went out to the spring and threw13 the salt into it, saying, "This is what the LORD says: 'I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.' "