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2 Kings 2

Elijah, taking his leave of Elisha, with his mantle divideth Jordan,

2 Kings 2:1 And it chaunced, that whan the Lorde wolde take vp Elia in to heauen by a whorle wind, Elia went with Elisa from Gilgal. 2 Kings 2:2 And Elia sayde vnto Elisa tary here I praye the, for the Lorde hath sent me to Bethel. Elisa sayde vnto him: as surely as the Lorde liueth, and as thy soule lyueth, I will not leaue the. And they came downe to Bethel, 2 Kings 2:3 And the chyldren of the Prophetes þt were at Bethel, came out to Elisa, & sayde vnto him: knowest thou not, howe that the Lorde will take a waye thy master from thy head this daye? He sayde: I knowe it also holde ye youre peace. 2 Kings 2:4 And Elia sayde vnto him. Elisa, tary here I praye the, for the Lorde hath sent me to Iericho. He sayde: as surely as the Lord lyueth and as surely as thy soule lyueth, I will not leaue the, & so they came to Iericho. 2 Kings 2:5 And the chyldren of the prophetes þt were at Iericho came to Elisa and sayde vnto him: knowest thou not, that the Lord will take a waye thy master from thy head thys daye? He answered: I knowe it also, holde ye your peace. 2 Kings 2:6 And Elia sayde vnto him: tarye I praye the here, for the Lorde hath sent me to Iordan. He sayde: as surely as the Lorde lyueth, and as thy soule lyueth, I will not leaue þe. And so they two went togeather. 2 Kings 2:7 And fyftie men of the sonnes of þe prophetes came and stode on þe other syde afarre of, and they two stode by Iordan. 2 Kings 2:8 And Elia toke his mantell and wrapte it together, & smote the waters, and they were deuided, parte the one waye & parte þe other, so that they two went ouer thorowe drye lande.

and, granting Elisha his request, is taken up by a whirlwind into heaven.

2 Kings 2:9 And it fortuned, that as sone as they were ouer, Elia sayd vnto Elisa: aske what I shall do for the, yer I be taken awaye from the. And Elisa sayde: I praye the let thy sprete be dowble vpon me. 2 Kings 2:10 And he sayde: thou hast asked an hard thynge. Neuerthelesse, yf thou se me whan I am taken a waye from the thou shalt haue it so: yf thou do not, it shall not be. 2 Kings 2:11 And it fortuned, þt as they went walkyng and talkynge: beholde, there appeared a charet of fyre and horsses of fyre, and parted them both a sondre. And Elia went vp thorowe the whorlewinde into heauen.

Elisha, dividing Jordan with Elijah's mantle, is acknowledged his successor.

2 Kings 2:12 And Elisa, sawe, & cryed: O my father, O my father, the charet of Israel and the horsemen therof, and he sawe him nomoare: & he toke his awne clothes, & rent them in two peces. 2 Kings 2:13 He toke vp also the mantell of Elia that fell from him, & went backe agayne & stode by Iordans syde, 2 Kings 2:14 & toke the mantell of Elia (that fell from him,) and smote the waters and he sayd: where is the Lorde God of Elia, and he him selfe? And when he had smyten the waters, they parted this waye & that waye, & Elisa went ouer. 2 Kings 2:15 And whan the chyldren of the prophetes which were at Iericho sawe hym from a farre, they sayde: the spryte of Elia doth rest on Elisa, and they came to mete him, and fell to the grounde before him,

The young prophets, hardly obtaining leave to seek Elijah, could not find him.

2 Kings 2:16 & sayde vnto him. Se: there be with thy seruauntes fyftie stronge men let them go & seke thy master: happlye the spryte of the Lorde hath taken hym vp, and cast hym vpon some mountayne or in to some valeye. And he sayde. Ye shall sende none. 2 Kings 2:17 And whan they laye vpon him tyll he was ashamed, he sayde. Send. They sent therfore fyftye men, which sought him thre dayes and thre nyghtes, but founde him not. 2 Kings 2:18 And whan they came agayne to him, which taryed at Iericho, he sayde vnto them: dyd I not saye vnto you, that ye shulde not go?

Elisha with salt healeth the unwholesome waters.

2 Kings 2:19 And the men of the cytie sayde vnto Elisa beholde, Syr, the dwellynge of this cytie is pleasaunt as thou thy selfe seest: but the water is naught & the grounde baren. 2 Kings 2:20 He sayde. Brynge me a new cruse, and put salt therin. And they brought it to him. 2 Kings 2:21 And he went vnto the springe of the waters, and cast the salt in thither, & sayde: thus sayth þe Lorde. I haue healed this water, ther shall not come henceforthe ether deeth or barennesse. 2 Kings 2:22 So þe waters were healed vnto this daye, accordinge to the sayinge of Eliseus, which he spake.

Bears destroy the children that mocked Elisha.

2 Kings 2:23 And he went vp from thence vnto Bethel. And as he was goinge vp the waye, there came lytle chyldren out of the cytie, & mocked him, & sayd vnto him. Go vp thou bald heed, go vp thou bald heed. 2 Kings 2:24 And he turned backe, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lorde. And there came two she Beares out of that woodd & tare .xlii. chyldren of them. 2 Kings 2:25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he turned agayne to Samaria.

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