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The Childrens Bible by Henry A. Sherman

THE MANTLE OF ELIJAH

When Jehovah took up Elijah to heaven in a whirlwind, he was going with Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said to Elisha, |Stay here, for Jehovah has sent me as far as Bethel.| But Elisha said, |As surely as Jehovah lives and as you live, I will not leave you.| So they went down to Bethel.

Then the followers of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and said, |Do you know that to-day Jehovah will take away your master from you?| He said, |Yes, I know it; say no more.| And Elijah said to him, |Elisha, stay here, for Jehovah has sent me to Jericho.| But he said, |As surely as Jehovah lives and as you live, I will not leave you.| So they came to Jericho.

Then the followers of the prophets at Jericho came near to Elisha and said, |Do you know that to-day Jehovah will take your master from you?| He answered, |Yes, I know it; say no more.| And Elijah said to him, |Stay here, for Jehovah has sent me to the Jordan.| But he said, |As surely as Jehovah lives and as you live, I will not leave you.| So they both went on.

Fifty followers of the prophets stood opposite them at a distance, while they two stood by the Jordan. Then Elijah rolled up his mantle and with it struck the waters; and they were divided, so that they two went over on dry ground. When they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, |Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.| Elisha said, |Let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.| He replied, |You have asked what is difficult; but if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall come to you; but if you do not, it shall not come.|

As they were going on their way talking, a fiery chariot with horses of fire suddenly came and separated the two; and Elijah went up in a whirlwind to heaven. When Elisha saw it, he cried, |My father, my father! the chariots and the horsemen of Israel!| And he saw Elijah no more, but he took hold of his own robes and tore them in two. Then he took up the mantle that had fallen from Elijah.

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