15 And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16 (A)And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and (B)Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. 17 And the one who escapes from (C)the sword of Hazael (D)shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu (E)shall Elisha put to death. 18 (F)Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not (G)kissed him.”

The Call of Elisha

19 So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast (H)his cloak upon him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, (I)“Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” 21 And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh (J)with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.

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