Elisha saw it and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and charioteers of Israel!" And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his robe in two.
Then Elisha picked up Elijah's cloak and returned to the bank of the Jordan River.
He struck the water with the cloak and cried out, "Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" Then the river divided, and Elisha went across.
When the group of prophets from Jericho saw what happened, they exclaimed, "Elisha has become Elijah's successor!" a And they went to meet him and bowed down before him.
"Sir," they said, "just say the word and fifty of our strongest men will search the wilderness for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has left him on some mountain or in some valley.""No," Elisha said, "don't send them."
But they kept urging him until he was embarrassed, and he finally said, "All right, send them." So fifty men searched for three days but did not find Elijah.
Elisha was still at Jericho when they returned. "Didn't I tell you not to go?" he asked.
Now the leaders of the town of Jericho visited Elisha. "We have a problem, my lord," they told him. "This town is located in beautiful natural surroundings, as you can see. But the water is bad, and the land is unproductive."
Elisha said, "Bring me a new bowl with salt in it." So they brought it to him.
Then he went out to the spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it. And he said, "This is what the LORD says: I have made this water wholesome. It will no longer cause death or infertility. b "
And sure enough! The water has remained wholesome ever since, just as Elisha said.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)