2 Kings 2:7
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New International Version
Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan.

New Living Translation
Fifty men from the group of prophets also went and watched from a distance as Elijah and Elisha stopped beside the Jordan River.

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.

New American Standard Bible
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.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
Fifty men from the sons of the prophets came and stood observing them at a distance while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

Contemporary English Version
Fifty prophets followed Elijah and Elisha from Jericho, then stood at a distance and watched as the two men walked toward the river.

Good News Translation
and fifty of the prophets followed them to the Jordan. Elijah and Elisha stopped by the river, and the fifty prophets stood a short distance away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fifty men from the sons of the prophets came and stood facing them from a distance while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

International Standard Version
accompanied by 50 men from the Guild of Prophets, who stood at a short distance from them while they were both standing by the Jordan.

NET Bible
The fifty members of the prophetic guild went and stood opposite them at a distance, while Elijah and Elisha stood by the Jordan.

New Heart English Bible
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood opposite them at a distance; and they both stood by the Jordan.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fifty disciples of the prophets stood at a distance as Elijah and Elisha stood by the Jordan River.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood over against them afar off; and they two stood by the Jordan.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood in front of them afar off; and the two of them stood by the Jordan.

King James 2000 Bible
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view from afar off: and they both stood by the Jordan.

American King James Version
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.

Darby Bible Translation
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite afar off; and 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.

World English Bible
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood opposite them at a distance; and they both stood by the Jordan.

Young's Literal Translation
-- and fifty men of the sons of the prophets have gone on, and stand over-against afar off -- and both of them have stood by the Jordan.
Study Bible
Elijah Taken to Heaven
6Then 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. 7Now 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. 8Elijah 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.…
Cross References
2 Kings 2:15
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.

2 Kings 2:16
They said to him, "Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men, please let them go and search for your master; perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has taken him up and cast him on some mountain or into some valley." And he said, "You shall not send."
Treasury of Scripture

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

fifty men

2 Kings 2:17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They …

1 Kings 18:4,13 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that …

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

(7) And fifty . . . went.--Now fifty . . . had gone.

Stood to view.--Taken their stand opposite, i.e., directly opposite the place where the two were standing by the brink of the river, yet at some distance behind. They wished to see whether and how the companions would cross the stream at a point where there was no ford.

Verse 7. - And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view. It is a harsh judgment to blame the "sons of the prophets" for an idle and shallow curiosity in merely "standing" at a distance "to view" the wonderful event, which Elisha was determined to witness as closely, and associate himself with as intimately, as possible. For the sons of the prophets to have approached nearer, and hung on the skirts of Elijah, would have been an impertinence, Elisha's persistence is only justified by his strong affection, and the special office which he held, of attendant minister. The fifty students showed a courteous sense of what was due to the prophet's desire of seclusion by not pressing on his footsteps, and at the same time a real interest in him, and a reasonable curiosity, by quitting their college and "standing to view" on some eminence which commanded a prospect of the lower Jordan valley. There were many such eminences within a short distance of Jericho. And they two stood by Jordan. At length all other human companionship was shaken off - "they two" stood, side by side, on the banks of the sacred stream, which had played so important a part, and was still to play so far more important a part, in the theocratic history. All the world, except their two selves, was remote - was beyond their ken; the master and the servant, the prophet of the past and the prophet of the coming generation, were together, with none to disturb them, or interfere between them, or separate them. Jordan rolled its waters before their eyes, a seeming barrier to further advance; and Elisha may naturally have looked to see the final scene transacted in that "plain below a plain," the Jordan bed, sunk beneath the general level of the Ghor, green with lush grass and aquatic plants, and with beds of reeds and osiers, but squalid with long stretches of mud and masses of decaying vegetation, brought down from the upper river, and with rotting trunks of trees torn from the banks higher up. But the end was not yet. Jordan was to be crossed, and the ascension to take place from the plain whence Moses, when about to quit earth, had made his ascent to Pisgah. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off,.... To have a view, if they could, of the assumption of Elijah to heaven, and be witnesses of it:

and they two stood by Jordan; on the banks of it, even Elijah and Elisha. 2:1-8 The Lord had let Elijah know that his time was at hand. He therefore went to the different schools of the prophets to give them his last exhortations and blessing. The removal of Elijah was a type and figure of the ascension of Christ, and the opening of the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Elisha had long followed Elijah, and he would not leave him now when he hoped for the parting blessing. Let not those who follow Christ come short by tiring at last. The waters of Jordan, of old, yielded to the ark; now, to the prophet's mantle, as a token of God's presence. When God will take up his faithful ones to heaven, death is the Jordan which they must pass through, and they find a way through it. The death of Christ has divided those waters, that the ransomed of the Lord may pass over. O death, where is thy sting, thy hurt, thy terror!
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