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2 Kings 2

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 1 Now it came to pass, when the LORD was about to take Elijah up into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah was going with Elisha from Gilgal.

 2 And Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, I pray you, for the LORD has sent me to Bethel." But Elisha said to him, "As the LORD lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.

 3 Now the company of prophets who were at Bethel came to Elisha and said to him, "Do you know that the LORD will take your master away from you today?" And he said, "Yes, I know it; hold your peace."

 4 Then Elijah said to him, "Elisha, stay here, I pray you, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho." But Elisha replied, "As the LORD lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." So they came to Jericho.

 5 Now the company of prophets who were at Jericho came and said to Elisha, "Do you know that the LORD will take your master away from you today?" And he answered, "Yes, I know it; hold your peace."

 6 Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, I pray you, for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan." But Elisha replied, "As the LORD lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." So the two went on.

 7 Then fifty of the company of prophets also went and stood at a distance to watch, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

 8 Now Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the waters, and they were divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

 9 And when they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken away from you." And Elisha said, "I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me."

 10 So Elijah said, "You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so to you; but if not, it shall not be so."

 11 Then as they continued on and talked together, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire suddenly appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

 12 And Elisha saw it and cried, "My father, my father! The chariot of Israel and its horsemen." And he saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.

 13 And he picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.

 14 Then he took Elijah's cloak and struck the waters with it and said, "Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" And when he had struck the waters, they parted this way and that, and Elisha went over.

 15 Now when the company of prophets from Jericho, who were watching, 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 And they said to him, "Behold now, there are fifty strong men with your servants; let them go, we pray you, and seek your master. It may be that the Spirit of the LORD has taken him up and set him down upon some mountain or into some valley." And he said, "You shall not send them."

 17 But when they urged him until he was embarrassed, he said, "Send them." So they sent fifty men, and they searched for three days but did not find him.

 18 And when they returned to him, for he had stayed at Jericho, he said to them, "Did I not say to you, 'Do not go?'"

 19 Now the men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold, this city is pleasant and well situated, as my lord sees, but the water is bad and the land is barren."

 20 Then Elisha said, "Bring me a new bowl and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.

 21 Then he went out to the spring of water and threw the salt in it and said, "Thus says the LORD, 'I have healed these waters; there shall not be any more death or barren land because of it.'"

 22 So the waters were healed to this day, according to the word that Elisha spoke.

 23 Then he went up from there to Bethel. And as he was on the way, some youths out of the city came and mocked him and said to him, "Go up you bald head! Go up you bald head!"

 24 And he turned around and looked at them and cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty two of the youths.

 25 Then he went from there to mount Carmel and from there he returned to Samaria.


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