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19 Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen; he was near the twelfth pair. Elijah passed by him and threw his robe over him. 20 He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, then I will follow you.” Elijah[a] said to him, “Go back! Indeed, what have I done to you?” 21 Elisha[b] went back and took his pair of oxen and slaughtered them. He cooked the meat over a fire that he made by burning the harness and yoke.[c] He gave the people meat and they ate. Then he got up and followed Elijah and became his assistant.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 19:20 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Elijah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  2. 1 Kings 19:21 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Elisha) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  3. 1 Kings 19:21 tn Heb “and with the equipment of the oxen he cooked them, the flesh.”

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