The company1 of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, "Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?" "Yes, I know," he replied, "but do not speak of it."
Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here;2 the LORD has sent me to the Jordan."3 And he replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you."4 So the two of them walked on.
Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan.
Elijah took his cloak,5 rolled it up and struck6 the water with it. The water divided7 to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry8 ground.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double9 portion of your spirit,"10 Elisha replied.
"You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours--otherwise not."
As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire11 and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven12 in a whirlwind.1312
Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots14 and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore15 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 cloak16 that had fallen from him and struck17 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 company18 of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit19 of Elijah is resting on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.