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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

2 Kings 2:1-25

2  And it came about that when Jehovah was to take E·li′jah+ in a windstorm up to the heavens,+ E·li′jah and E·li′sha*+ proceeded to go from Gil′gal.*+  And E·li′jah began to say to E·li′sha: “Sit here, please, because Jehovah himself has sent me clear to Beth′el.” But E·li′sha said: “As Jehovah is living+ and as your soul is living,+ I will not leave you.”+ So they went down to Beth′el.+  Then the sons of the prophets+ that were at Beth′el came out to E·li′sha and said to him: “Do you really know that today Jehovah is taking your master* from headship over you?”+ At this he said: “I, too, well know it.+ BE silent.”  E·li′jah now said to him: “E·li′sha, sit here, please, because Jehovah himself has sent me to Jer′i·cho.”+ But he said: “As Jehovah is living and as your soul is living, I will not leave you.” So they came on to Jer′i·cho.  Then the sons of the prophets that were at Jer′i·cho approached E·li′sha and said to him: “Do you really know that today Jehovah is taking your master from headship over you?” At this he said: “I, too, well know it. BE silent.”+  E·li′jah now said to him: “Sit here, please, because Jehovah himself has sent me to the Jordan.”+ But he said: “As Jehovah is living and as your soul is living, I will not leave you.”+ So both of them went on.  And there were fifty men of the sons of the prophets that went and kept standing in view at a distance;+ but, as for both of them, they stood by the Jordan.  Then E·li′jah took his official garment+ and wrapped it up and struck the waters, and gradually they were divided this way and that way, so that both of them went across on the dry ground.+  And it came about that as soon as they had gone across E·li′jah himself said to E·li′sha: “Ask what I should do for you before I am taken from you.”+ To this E·li′sha said: “Please, that two parts+ in your spirit+ may come to me.”+ 10  At that he said: “You have asked+ a difficult thing. If you see me when taken from you, it will happen to you that way; but if [you do] not, it will not happen.” 11  And it came about that as they were walking along, speaking as they walked, why, look! a fiery war chariot+ and fiery horses, and they proceeded to make a separation between them both; and E·li′jah went ascending in the windstorm to the heavens.+ 12  All the while E·li′sha was seeing it, and he was crying out: “My father, my father,+ the war chariot* of Israel and his horsemen!”+ And he did not see him anymore. Consequently he took hold of his own garments and ripped them into two pieces.+ 13  After that he picked up the official garment+ of E·li′jah that had fallen off him, and went back and stood by the shore of the Jordan. 14  Then he took the official garment of E·li′jah that had fallen off him and struck the waters+ and said: “Where is Jehovah the God of E·li′jah, even He?”+ When he struck the waters, then they were gradually divided this way and that way, so that E·li′sha went across. 15  When the sons of the prophets that were at Jer′i·cho saw him some way off, they began to say: “The spirit+ of E·li′jah has settled down upon E·li′sha.” Accordingly they came to meet him and bowed down*+ to him to the earth. 16  And they went on to say to him: “Here, now, there are with your servants fifty men, valiant persons. Let them go, please, and look for your master. It may be that the spirit*+ of Jehovah has lifted him up and then thrown him upon one of the mountains or in one of the valleys.” But he said: “YOU must not send them.” 17  And they kept urging him until he was embarrassed, so that he said: “Send.” They now sent fifty men; and they kept looking for three days, but they did not find him. 18  When they returned to him, he was dwelling in Jer′i·cho.+ Then he said to them: “Did I not say to YOU, ‘Do not go’?” 19  In time the men of the city said to E·li′sha: “Here, now, the situation of the city is good,+ just as my master is seeing; but the water+ is bad, and the land is causing miscarriages.”+ 20  At that he said: “Fetch me a small new bowl and put salt in it.” So they fetched it for him. 21  Then he went on out to the source of the water and threw salt in it+ and said: “This is what Jehovah has said, ‘I do make this water healthful.+ No more will death or any causing of miscarriages result from it.’” 22  And the water continues healed down to this day,+ according to E·li′sha’s word that he spoke. 23  And he proceeded to go up from there to Beth′el.+ As he was going up on the way, there were small boys+ that came out from the city and began to jeer+ him and that kept saying to him: “Go up, you baldhead!+ Go up, you baldhead!” 24  Finally he turned behind him and saw them and called down evil+ upon them in the name of Jehovah. Then two she-bears+ came out from the woods and went tearing to pieces forty-two children of their number.+ 25  And he kept going from there to Mount Car′mel,+ and from there he returned to Sa·mar′i·a.

Footnotes

Meaning “God Is Salvation.” LXXBagster(Gr.), He·li·sai·e′; Vgc(Lat.), E·li·se′us.
Not the Gilgal near Jericho in the low Jordan valley but the Gilgal in the hilly region near Bethel from which they could go “down” to Bethel as stated in vs 2. See 4:38.
“Your master (lord).” Heb., ʼadho·ney′kha, pl. of ʼa·dhohn′, to denote excellence.
Or, “war chariots.” Heb., re′khev, sing., possibly in a collective sense, as also in vs 11.
“They . . . bowed down.” Gr., pro·se·ky′ne·san. Compare Heb 1:6 ftn.
Or, “wind.” Heb., ru′ach; Gr., pneu′ma; Lat., spi′ri·tus.