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138                          THE CHILDREN'S BIBLE
As they were going on their way talking, a fiery chariot with horses of fire suddenly came and separated the two; and Elijah went up in a whirlwind to heaven. When Elisha saw it, he cried, "My father, my father! the chariots and the horsemen of Israel!" And he saw Elijah no more, but he took hold of his own robes and tore them in two. Then he took up the mantle that had fallen from Eli­jah.
ELISHA HEALING THE SICK BOY
One day Elisha went over to Shunem where a rich woman lived, and she asked him to be her guest. AfterwTard, whenever he passed by, he stopped there to eat. So she said to her husband, "Now I see that this is a holy man of God who is constantly passing by our door. Let us make a little chamber on the roof, and put there for him a bed, a table, a seat, and a candlestick, so that whenever he comes to us, he can stay there."
One day when he came, he went into the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, "Call this Shuna-mite." So he called her, and she stood before him. Elisha said to Gehazi, "Say now to her, 'See, you have been so anxious to care for us; what can be done for you? May I ask the ruler or the com­mander of the army to do a favor for you?' She answered, "I am living among my own people." Elisha said, "What then can be done for her?" Gehazi answered, "Verily, she has no son, and her husband is old." Then Elisha said, "Call her." So he called her, and she stood at the door. Then Elisha said, "At this time a year from now you shall hold a son in your arms!" But she said, "No, my lord, O man of God, do not deceive your servant!" But the next year the woman had a son at the very time Elisha had promised her.
When the child had grown up he went out one day to his father to the reapers. And he called to his father, "My head, my head !" So his father said to his servant, "Carry him to his mother." When he had been taken to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon and then died. His mother went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door as she went out.
Then she called her husband and said, "Send me one of the ser­vants and one of the asses, that I may go quickly to the man of God and return." He said, "Why do you go to him to-day, for it
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