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 double1 portion of your spirit,"2 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 fire3 and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven4 in a whirlwind.512
Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots6 and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore7 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 cloak8 that had fallen from him and struck9 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.