The Mantle Passes

2 Kings 2: 1-15 —

“And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elias into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elias [Elijah] and Eliseus [Elisha] were going from Galgal. And Elias said to Eliseus: “Stay thou here, because the Lord hath sent me as far as Bethel.” And Eliseus said to him: “As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.”

And when they were come down to Bethel, the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel, came forth to Eliseus, and said to him: “Dost thou know that this day the Lord will take away thy master from thee?” And he answered: “I also know it: hold your peace.”

And Elias said to Eliseus: “Stay here, because the Lord hath sent me to Jericho.” And he said: “As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.”

And when they were come to Jericho, the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho, came to Eliseus, and said to him: “Dost thou know that this day the Lord will take away thy master from thee?” And he said: “I also know it: hold your peace.”

And Elias said to him: “Stay here, because the Lord hath sent me as far as the Jordan.” And he said: “As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.” And they two went on together, and fifty men of the sons of the prophets followed them, and stood in sight at a distance: but they two stood by the Jordan.

And Elias took his mantle and folded it together, and struck the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, and they both passed over on dry ground. And when they were gone over, Elias said to Eliseus: “Ask what thou wilt have me to do for thee, before I be taken away from thee.” And Eliseus said: “I beseech thee that in me may be thy double spirit.” And he answered: “Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless if thou see me when I am taken from thee, thou shalt have what thou hast asked: but if thou see me not, thou shalt not have it.”

And as they went on, walking and talking together, behold a fiery chariot, and fiery horses parted them both asunder: and Elias went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

And Eliseus saw him, and cried: “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the driver thereof.” And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own garments, and rent them in two pieces.

And he took up the mantle of Elias, that fell from him: and going back, he stood upon the bank of the Jordan, and he struck the waters with the mantle of Elias, that had fallen from him, and they were not divided. And he said: “Where is now the God of Elias?” And he struck the waters, and they were divided, hither and thither, and Eliseus passed over.

And the sons of the prophets at Jericho, who were over against him, seeing it said: “The spirit of Elias hath rested upon Eliseus.” And coming to meet him, they worshipped him, falling to the ground….

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