2 Kings 2
Elijah, taking his leave of Elisha, with his mantle divideth Jordan,
2 Kings 2:1 And it chaunced when the lorde woulde take vp Eliah to heauen in a whorle winde, that Eliah & Elizeus were goynge from Galgal. 2 Kings 2:2 And Eliah said to Elizeus: tary here I pray the, for the Lorde hath sent me to Bethel. But Elizeus sayde: as surely as the Lorde lyueth, and as thy soule lyueth, I wyl not leaue the. And when they came to Bethel, 2 Kings 2:3 the children of the prophetes that were at Bethel, came out to Elizeus, & sayd to him: knowest thou not how that the Lord wil take away thy maister from the this day? And he said: I know it to: holde youre peace. 2 Kings 2:4 Then sayde Eliah to Elizeus: tary here a felowship, for the Lorde hath sent me to Iericho. And he sayde: as surely as the Lorde lyueth, and as surely as thy soule lyueth, I will not leaue the, and so they went to Iericho. 2 Kings 2:5 And the chyldren of the prophetes that were at Iericho came to Eliseus, and sayd vnto him: art thou not ware, that the Lorde will take away thy mayster from the this day? And he answered: I know it also, holde your peace. 2 Kings 2:6 And Eliah sayd to him: tary I pray the here, for þe lord hath sent me to Iordan But he sayde: as surely as the Lord liueth, and as thy soule lyueth, I will not leaue the. And so they went bothe of them together. 2 Kings 2:7 And fyfty men of the sonnes of the Prophetes went and stode in sight a farre of, as they two stode by Iordan. 2 Kings 2:8 And then Eliah toke hys mantell & wrapte it together and smote the water, and it deuided it selfe, parte the one waye and parte the other, and they two went ouer on the drie land.
and, granting Elisha his request, is taken up by a whirlwind into heaven.
2 Kings 2:9 And as sone as they were ouer, Eliah sayde to Elizeus, aske what I shall do for the yeare I be taken away from the. And Elizeus said: let me I pray the, haue thy spirite double in me. 2 Kings 2:10 And he sayde: thou hast asked an harde thynge. Neuerthelesse yf thou se me when I am taken away from the, thou shalt haue it so, yf thou do not, it shal not be. 2 Kings 2:11 And as they went walkynge and talkynge: beholde, there came a charet of fyre and horsses of fyre, and put them a sondre. And Eliah went vp in the whorlewynde to heauen.
Elisha, dividing Jordan with Elijah's mantle, is acknowledged his successor.
2 Kings 2:12 And Elizeus sawe and cryed: O my father, O my father, the charet of Israel and the horsmen therof, & saw him no more: and therefore toke his owne clothes and rent them in two peces. 2 Kings 2:13 And then he toke vp the mantel of Eliah that fel from him, and went backe agayn and stode by Iordans syde, 2 Kings 2:14 and toke the mantel of Eliah, that fel from him, and smote the water and sayde: where is the Lorde God of Eliah, where is he? And when he had smyten the water, it deuyded parte this waye and parte that waye. And Elizeus went ouer. 2 Kings 2:15 And the chyldren of the Prophetes of Iericho, which saw him from a farre, sayde: the spyryte of Eliah doeth rest on Elizeus, and went against him, and bowed to the earth vnto him.
The young prophets, hardly obtaining leave to seek Elijah, could not find him.
2 Kings 2:16 And they saide vnto him: se, there be amonge thy seruauntes fyftie lustie men: let them go and seke thy mayster: happlye the spirit of the Lorde hathe taken him vp & cast him vpon some mountain or in some valeye. And he saide: sende not. 2 Kings 2:17 Neuerthelesse yet they laye vpon him, til he was ashamed, and saide: sende, and they sent fyfty men, whiche sought him thre daies and thre nyghtes, but founde him not. 2 Kings 2:18 And they came againe to him, for he taryed at Iericho. And he sayde to them, dyd I saye vnto you, þt ye shoulde not go.
Elisha with salt healeth the unwholesome waters.
2 Kings 2:19 Then the men of Iericho sayd to Elizeus: beholde, the citie standeth pleasauntly as my Lorde seyth, but the water is naught and the grounde bared. 2 Kings 2:20 And he sayde: brynge me a newe cruse and put salt therin. And they brought it to him. 2 Kings 2:21 And he went vnto þe spring of the water, and cast the shalt in thither, and sayde: thus saith the Lorde: I heale thys water, there shal not come henceforth ether death or barennesse. 2 Kings 2:22 And the water was helthsome euer after accordyng to the saying of Elizeus whyche he spake.
Bears destroy the children that mocked Elisha.
2 Kings 2:23 And he went from thence vp to Bethel. And he was goynge vp in the waye, there came lytle laddes out of the citie and mocked him, and sayde to him: go vp thou bald head, go vp thou bald heade. 2 Kings 2:24 And he turned backe and loked on them and cursed them in the name of the Lorde. And there came two Beares out of that wood, & tare .xlij. of the boies. 2 Kings 2:25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, & from thence went agayne to Samaria.