2 Kings 2:7
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English Standard Version
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.

King James Bible
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

American Standard Version
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood over against them afar off: and they two stood by the Jordan.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets followed them, and stood in sight at a distance: but they two stood by the Jordan.

English Revised Version
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood over against them afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

Webster's Bible Translation
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Elijah's Ascension to Heaven. - 2 Kings 2:1-10. Journey from Gilgal to the other side of the Jordan. - 2 Kings 2:1, 2 Kings 2:2. When the time arrived that Jehovah was about to take up His servant Elijah in a tempest to heaven, Elijah went with his attendant Elisha from Gilgal down to Bethel. בּסּערה, in the tempest or storm, i.e., in a tempestuous storm, which was frequently the herald of the divine self-revelations in the terrestrial world (vid., Job 38:1; Job 40:6; Ezekiel 1:4; Zechariah 9:14). השּׁמים is the accusative of direction. Gilgal and Bethel (Beitin, see at 1 Kings 12:29) were seats of schools of the prophets, which Elijah had founded in the kingdom of the ten tribes. It is now generally admitted that Gilgal, from which they went down to Bethel, cannot be the place of that name which was situated in the Jordan valley to the east of Jericho, but must be the Gilgal upon the mountains, the elevated Jiljilia to the south-west of Silo (Seilun, see at Joshua 8:35). On the way Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, I pray, for the Lord has sent me to Bethel;" but Elisha declared with a solemn oath that he would not leave him. The Lord had revealed to both that the seal of divine attestation was to be impressed upon the work of Elijah by his being miraculously taken up into heaven, to strengthen the faith not of Elisha only, but also of the disciples of the prophets and of all the godly in Israel; but the revelation had been made to them separately, so that Elijah had no suspicion that Elisha had also been informed as to his being taken away. He wanted, therefore, to get rid of his servant, not "to test his love and attachment" (Vatabl.), but from humility (C. a Lap. and others), because he did not wish to have any one present to witness his glorification without being well assured that it was in accordance with the will of God.

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fifty men

2 Kings 2:17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days...

1 Kings 18:4,13 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave...

to view afar off [heb] in sight, or over against

Cross References
2 Kings 2:15
Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho saw him opposite them, they said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." And they came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.

2 Kings 2:16
And they said to him, "Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men. Please let them go and seek your master. It may be that the Spirit of the LORD has caught him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley." And he said, "You shall not send."

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