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2 Kings 2 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Elijah Taken to Heaven

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:1 - And it came about when the LORD was about to take up Elijah by a [fn]whirlwind to heaven, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:2 - Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here please, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:3 - Then the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over [fn]you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; be still.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:4 - Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:5 - The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over [fn]you today?” And he [fn]answered, “Yes, I know; be still.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:6 - Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” And he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:7 - Now fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:8 - Elijah took his mantle and folded it together and struck the waters, and they were divided here and there, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:9 - When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:10 - He said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:11 - As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a [fn]whirlwind to heaven.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:12 - Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the [fn]chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw [fn]Elijah no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:13 - He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:14 - He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over.

Elisha Succeeds Elijah

Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:15 - Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho opposite him 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:16 - They said to him, “Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men, please let them go and search for your master; perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has taken him up and cast him on some mountain or into some valley.” And he said, “You shall not send.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:17 - But when they urged him until he was ashamed, he said, “Send.” They sent therefore fifty men; and they searched three days but did not find him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:18 - They returned to him while he was staying at Jericho; and he said to them, “Did I not say to you, ‘Do not go’?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:19 - Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land [fn]is unfruitful.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:20 - He said, “Bring me a new jar, and put salt [fn]in it.” So they brought it to him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:21 - He went out to the spring of water and threw salt [fn]in it and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘I have [fn]purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or [fn]unfruitfulness any longer.’”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:22 - So the waters have been [fn]purified to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:23 - Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:24 - When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of [fn]their number.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 2:25 - He went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, windstorm
Literally: your head
Literally: your head
Literally: said
Or, windstorm
Literally: chariot
Literally: him
Literally: causes barrenness
Literally: there
Literally: there
Literally: healed
Literally: barrenness
Literally: healed
Literally: them

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