Then Elisha picked up the coat that had fallen from Elijah. He went back and stood beside the banks of the Jordan River.
He took the coat that had fallen from Elijah and hit the water. He said, "Where is the LORD, Elijah's God?" And when he hit the water, it divided in two! Then Elisha crossed over.
The group of prophets from Jericho saw him from a distance. They said, "Elijah's spirit has settled on Elisha!" So they came out to meet him, bowing down before him.
"Look," they told him, "there are fifty strong men among us, your servants. Please let them go and search for your master. Perhaps the LORD's spirit has picked him up and put him down on some mountain or in some valley." Elisha said, "Don't send them."
They insisted until he became embarrassed and said, "Okay, send them." So they sent fifty men who searched for three days. But they couldn't find Elijah.
When these men returned to Elisha, who was staying in Jericho, he said to them, "Didn't I tell you not to go?"
The citizens said to Elisha, "As you can see, sir, this city is in a good location, but the water is bad, and the land causes miscarriages."
He said, "Bring me a new bowl, and put some salt in it." They did so.
Elisha then went out and threw salt into the spring. He said, "This is what the LORD has said: I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death and miscarriage."
The water has stayed pure right up to this very day, in agreement with the word that Elisha spoke.