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2 Kings 2:1-18 (New American Standard)

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Elijah Taken to Heaven

1 And it came about when the LORD was about to 1take up Elijah by a awhirlwind to heaven, that Elijah went with 2Elisha from 3Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, "4Stay here please, for the LORD has sent me as far as 5Bethel." But Elisha said, "6As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel. 3 Then 7the 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 byou today?" And he said, "Yes, I know; be still." 4 Elijah said to him, "Elisha, please 8stay here, for the LORD has sent me to 9Jericho." But he said, "10As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they came to Jericho. 5 11The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, "12Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over cyou today?" And he danswered, "Yes, I know; be still." 6 Then Elijah said to him, "Please 13stay here, for the LORD has sent me to 14the Jordan." And he said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So the two of them went on. 7 Now 15fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8 Elijah 16took his mantle and folded it together and 17struck the waters, and they were divided here and there, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 9 When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "Please, let a 18double portion of your spirit be upon me." 10 He said, "You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you 19see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so." 11 As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared 20a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a ewhirlwind to heaven. 12 Elisha saw it and cried out, "21My father, my father, the fchariots of Israel and its horsemen!" And he saw gElijah no more. Then 22he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, "Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" And when he also had 23struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over.

Elisha Succeeds Elijah

15 Now when 24the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho opposite him saw him, they said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." And they came to meet him and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 16 They said to him, "Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men, please let them go and search for your master; perhaps 25the Spirit of the LORD has taken him up and cast him on some mountain or into some valley." And he said, "You shall not send." 17 But when 26they urged him until he was ashamed, he said, "Send." They sent therefore fifty men; and they searched three days but did not find him. 18 They returned to him while he was staying at Jericho; and he said to them, "Did I not say to you, 'Do not go '?"
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