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 cloak1 that had fallen from him and struck2 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 company3 of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit4 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 Spirit5 of the LORD has picked him up6 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 ashamed7 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?"