The Parting Of Elijah And Elisha
AND it came to pass that when the Lord decided to take Elijah up into heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah was with Elisha, his faithful follower, in Gilgal.
Setting out from Gilgal together, Elijah and Elisha went to Bethel and Jericho.
And the followers of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him: "Do you know that the Lord is going to take away your master from you today?"
He said: "Yes, I know it. Hold your peace."
And Elijah said to him: "Wait here, I beg you, for the Lord has told me to go to Jordan."
But Elisha said to him: "As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you."
So the two went on. And fifty of the followers of the prophets went and stood at a distance to watch.
Elijah and Elisha stood beside the Jordan.
Elijah took his mantle and folded it over, and struck the waters so that they were divided on either side, and the two men went across on dry ground.
It happened, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha: "Ask what you will of me, before I am taken away from you."
Elisha said: "Let a double portion of your spirit be upon me, I beg of you.''
"You have asked a hard thing," Elijah said. "Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, you shall have your wish; but if not, you shall not have it."
It happened, as they went on and talked together,
that a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared,
and swept them apart; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Elisha saw it, and he cried: "My father, my father! The chariot of Israel and its horsemen !" Then he could not see Elijah any more, and he took hold of his own robe and ripped it in two.
He picked up Elijah's mantle, which had fallen from him,
and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.
He took Elijah's mantle and struck the waters and said: "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?"
And when he had struck the waters, they parted on either side of him and Elisha crossed over.
When the followers of the prophets who had come to watch 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.
And the men of Jericho said to him: "You can see that the situation of the city is pleasant, but the water is bad and the ground barren."
Elisha said: "Bring me a new jar and put salt in it."
They did so and he went to the source of the water and threw in the salt and said: "The Lord says that these waters are healed and they will cause no more death or barren lands."
So the waters were healed for ever according to the word of Elisha.
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