2 Kings 2:1-12
1 Now when the LordA was about to take ElijahB upC to heavenD by a whirlwind,E Elijah and Elisha were on their wayF from Gilgal.G
2 Elijah said to Elisha,H “StayI, J here; for the Lord has sentK me as far as Bethel.”L
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives,M and as you yourselfN live, I will not leaveO you.” So they went down to Bethel.
3 The companyP of prophetsQ who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you knowR that today the Lord will take your masterS away from you?”T
And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”U
4 Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stayV here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”W
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho.
5 The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew nearX to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?”
And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”
6 Then Elijah said to him, “StayY here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”Z
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. 7 Fifty menAA of the company of prophets also went, and stoodBB at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.
8 Then Elijah took his mantleCC and rolled it up,DD and struckEE the water;FF
the water was partedGG to the one side and to the other,HH until the two of them crossedII on dry ground.JJ
9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “TellKK me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.”
Elisha said, “Please let me inheritLL, MM a double shareNN of your spirit.”OO
10 He responded, “You have askedPP a hard thing;QQ yet, if you seeRR me as I am being taken from you, it will be grantedSS you; if not, it will not.”
11 As they continued walkingTT and talking,UU, VV a chariotWW of fire and horsesXX of fire separatedYY the two of them, and Elijah ascendedZZ in a whirlwind into heaven.
12 Elisha kept watchingAAA and crying out,BBB “Father, father!CCC The chariots of IsraelDDD and its horsemen!”EEE
But when he could no longer seeFFF him, he graspedGGG his own clothesHHH and toreIII them in two pieces.JJJ
Image credit: Nicholas Roerich “Elias the Prophet,” 1931.