2:3 Some members of the prophetic guild 1 in Bethel came out to Elisha and said, “Do you know that today the Lord is going to take your master from you?” 2 He answered, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.”
2 Kings 2:5Context
2:5 Some members of the prophetic guild in Jericho approached Elisha and said, “Do you know that today the Lord is going to take your master from you?” He answered, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.”
2 Kings 2:7Context
2:7 The fifty members of the prophetic guild went and stood opposite them at a distance, while Elijah and Elisha 3 stood by the Jordan.
2 Kings 2:12Context
2:12 While Elisha was watching, he was crying out, “My father, my father! The chariot and horsemen of Israel!” 4 Then he could no longer see him. He grabbed his clothes and tore them in two.
2 Kings 2:15Context
2:15 When the members of the prophetic guild in Jericho, 5 who were standing at a distance, 6 saw him do this, they said, “The spirit that energized Elijah 7 rests upon Elisha.” They went to meet him and bowed down to the ground before him.
1 tn Heb “the sons of the prophets.”
3 tn Heb “the two of them.” The referents (Elijah and Elisha) have been specified in the translation for clarity.
4 sn Elisha may be referring to the fiery chariot(s) and horses as the Lord’s spiritual army that fights on behalf of Israel (see 2 Kgs 6:15-17; 7:6). However, the juxtaposition with “my father” (clearly a reference to Elijah as Elisha’s mentor), and the parallel in 2 Kgs 13:14 (where the king addresses Elisha with these words), suggest that Elisha is referring to Elijah. In this case Elijah is viewed as a one man army, as it were. When the Lord spoke through him, his prophetic word was as powerful as an army of chariots and horses. See M. A. Beek, “The Meaning of the Expression ‘The Chariots and Horsemen of Israel’ (II Kings ii 12),” The Witness of Tradition (OTS 17), 1-10.
6 tn Heb “and the sons of the prophets who were in Jericho, [who were standing] opposite, saw him and said.”
7 tn Heb “the spirit of Elijah.”