2:1 Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a
whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; for the LORD has sent me
as far as Bethel." But Elisha said, "As the LORD lives,
and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went
down to Bethel.
The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and
said to him, "Do you know that today the LORD will take your
master away from you?" And he said, "Yes, I know; keep
Elijah said to him, "Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent
me to Jericho." But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as
you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they came to
The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha,
and said to him, "Do you know that today the LORD will take
your master away from you?" And he answered, "Yes, I
know; be silent."
Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; for the LORD has sent me
to the Jordan." But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as
you yourself live, I will not leave you." So the two of them
Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some
distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.
Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the
water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other,
until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me what I
may do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha said,
"Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit."
He responded, "You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see
me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not,
it will not."
As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and
horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a
whirlwind into heaven.
Elisha kept watching and crying out, "Father, father! The
chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" But when he could no
longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two
50:1 The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring
fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.
He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge
"Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me
The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge.
4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the
unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of
the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord
and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake.
For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of
darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
9:2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John,
and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was
transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth
could bleach them.
And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking
Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be
here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and
one for Elijah."
He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a
voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!"
Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any
more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no
one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen
from the dead.