New International Version

2 Kings 2:1-25

Elijah Taken Up to Heaven

1When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”

But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

3The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.”

4Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.

5The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.”

6Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.

7Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. 8Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”

“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

10“You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”

11As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.

13Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.

15The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, “The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. 16“Look,” they said, “we your servants have fifty able men. Let them go and look for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has picked him up and set him down on some mountain or in some valley.”

“No,” Elisha replied, “do not send them.”

17But they persisted until he was too embarrassed to refuse. So he said, “Send them.” And they sent fifty men, who searched for three days but did not find him. 18When they returned to Elisha, who was staying in Jericho, he said to them, “Didn’t I tell you not to go?”

Healing of the Water

19The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.”

20“Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him.

21Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’ ” 22And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.

Elisha Is Jeered

23From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. 25And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

列王纪下 2:1-25

以利亚被接到天上

1耶和华用旋风接以利亚升天之前,以利亚以利沙正在离开吉甲的路上。 2以利亚以利沙说:“你留在这里吧,耶和华吩咐我去伯特利。”以利沙说:“我凭永活的耶和华和你的性命起誓,我决不离开你。”于是二人前往伯特利3伯特利的众先知出来见以利沙,问他:“你知道耶和华今天要接走你师傅吗?”他说:“我知道,请不要作声。”

4以利亚以利沙说:“你留在这里吧,耶和华差遣我去耶利哥。”以利沙说:“我凭永活的耶和华和你的性命起誓,我决不离开你。”于是二人前往耶利哥5耶利哥的众先知来见以利沙,问他:“你知道耶和华今天要接走你师傅吗?”他说:“我知道,请不要作声。”

6以利亚以利沙说:“你留在这里吧,耶和华差遣我去约旦河。”以利沙说:“我凭永活的耶和华和你的性命起誓,我决不离开你。”于是二人继续前行。 7先知中有五十人跟他们来到约旦河,远远地站着,他们二人则站在河边。 8以利亚脱下外衣卷起来,用它击打河水,水立即左右分开,二人脚踏干地而过。

9到对岸后,以利亚以利沙说:“在我被接走之前,你要我为你做什么?”以利沙说:“请将你的灵加倍地给我。” 10以利亚说:“这是个很难的要求。不过,我被接走的时候,如果你看得见我,就可以得到,否则就得不到。” 11他们边走边谈,忽然有火马拉的火车把他们二人隔开,以利亚乘着旋风升上了天。 12以利沙见此情景,便喊道:“我父啊!我父啊!以色列的战车和骑兵啊!”以利沙以利亚消失在天空中,就悲伤地把自己的衣服撕成两半。

13他拿起以利亚身上掉下来的外衣,回到约旦河边, 14用它击打河水,说:“以利亚的上帝耶和华在哪里呢?”河水就左右分开,以利沙便过了河。

15耶利哥的先知们从远处看见他,就说:“以利亚的灵降在以利沙身上了。”他们就上前迎接,俯伏在他面前, 16说:“仆人们这里有五十个壮士,请让他们去寻找你师傅吧,或许耶和华的灵把他放在某座山上或某个山谷里了。”以利沙说:“你们不要派人去找了。” 17他们再三恳求,以利沙难以推辞,就让他们派人去了。他们派去了五十人,找了三天也没有找到。 18他们回来的时候,以利沙仍在耶利哥。他对他们说:“我不是早就告诉你们不要去吗?”

以利沙行神迹

19耶利哥城的人对以利沙说:“我主,你看这城地势很好,只是水不好,地里长不出庄稼。” 20以利沙说:“拿一个新碗装些盐给我。”他们就去照办。 21以利沙走到水源那里,把盐倒在水中说:“耶和华说,‘我洁净了这水,从此它不会再使人死亡,也不会再使土地贫瘠。’” 22果然如以利沙所说,那里的水变好了,直到如今。

23以利沙从那里去伯特利,正在赶路的时候,从城里出来一群少年讥笑他说:“秃头,上去吧!秃头,上去吧!” 24以利沙转身看着他们,奉耶和华的名咒诅他们。林中随即走出来两只母熊,咬死了其中的四十二个少年。 25以利沙伯特利上了迦密山,又从迦密山回到撒玛利亚