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When Elisha saw it, he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more, so he took hold of his clothes and tore them in two pieces. Bible other translations

my father.” Here used as “mentor” and “guide.” [For more information on the uses of “father” in the Bible, see commentary on Genesis 4:20. For information on the disciples of a Rabbi being called his “sons,” see commentary on Matthew 12:27. For information on the disciples of a Rabbi being called “orphans” if the Rabbi died or left the area, see commentary on John 14:18, “orphans”].

“he took hold of his clothes and tore them in two pieces.” Tearing one’s clothing can be a sign of mourning or death, and Elisha knew he would never see Elijah again.


Commentary for: 2 Kings 2:12