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2 Kings Chapter 2

2 Kings 2:1
2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into
    heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from {a}

    (a) Which was the place where the children of Israel were
        circumcised after they came over Jordan and had been
        forty years in the wilderness, Joshua 5:9.

2 Kings 2:3
2:3 And the {b} sons of the prophets that [were] at Bethel came
    forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the
    LORD will take away thy master from {c} thy head to day? And
    he said, Yea, I {d} know [it]; hold ye your peace.

    (b) So called, because they are begotten anew as it were by
        the heavenly doctrine.
    (c) That is, from being your head any more: for to be as
        the head, is to be the master, as to be at the feet, is
        to be a scholar.
    (d) For the Lord had revealed it to him.

2 Kings 2:5
2:5 And the sons of the prophets that [were] at {e} Jericho came
    to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD
    will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he
    answered, Yea, I know [it]; hold ye your peace.

    (e) Not only at Bethel, but at Jericho and other places were
        there prophets, who had scholars, whom they instructed
        and brought up in the true fear of God.

2 Kings 2:8
2:8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped [it] together, and
    smote the {f} waters, and they were divided hither and
    thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

    (f) That is, of Jordan.

2 Kings 2:9
2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah
    said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be
    taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, {g} let
    a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

    (g) Let your spirit have double force in me, because of
        these dangerous times: or let me have twice as much as
        the rest of the prophets: or if your spirit were to be
        divided into three parts, let me have two.

2 Kings 2:11
2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked,
     that, behold, [there appeared] a chariot of fire, and
     horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah
     went up by a whirlwind into {h} heaven.

     (h) Thus God has left a testimony in all ages (both before
         the law, in the law and in the gospel).

2 Kings 2:15
2:15 And when the sons of the prophets which [were] to view at
     Jericho saw him, they said, The {i} spirit of Elijah doth
     rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed
     themselves to the ground before him.

     (i) The Spirit of prophecy was given to him as it was to

2 Kings 2:16
2:16 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy
     servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and
     seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD
     hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into
     some valley. And he said, {l} Ye shall not send.

     (l) Because the fact was extraordinary, they doubted where
         he had gone, but Elisha was assured that he was taken
         up to God.

2 Kings 2:21
2:21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast
     {m} the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I
     have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence
     any more death or barren [land].

     (m) Thus God gave him power, even contrary to nature, to
         make the water profitable for man's use, which before
         was hurtful.

2 Kings 2:24
2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and {n} cursed them
     in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears
     out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

     (n) Perceiving their malicious heart against the Lord and
         his word, he asks God to avenge the injury done to him.

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