And it came about when the LORD was about to take up Elijah by a whirlwind to heaven, that Elijah went with Elisha from
Gilgal
.  Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here please, 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 .  Then the sons of the prophets who were at
Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?”
And he said, “Yes, I know; be still.”

Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please 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 Jericho.  The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho approached
Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” And he answered,
“Yes, I know; be still.”  Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to
the Jordan.” And he said,
“As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.

Now fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the
Jordan.  Elijah took his mantle and folded it together and struck the waters, and they were divided here and there, so that the
two of them crossed over on dry ground.

When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said,
Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”  He said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you
see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so
.”  As they were going along and
talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a
whirlwind to heaven.
 Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw
Elijah no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that
fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan.  He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and
struck the waters and said, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they
were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over.

Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho opposite him saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on
Elisha
.” And they came to meet him and bowed themselves to the ground before him.  II Kings 2:1-15

Taken from the
New American Standard Bible
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Passing of the Mantle
(the commissioning of the prophet Elisha)
                                     30 x 48
  Gouache on canvas with accents of chalk, ink, and pencil