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And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:16 seek thy master. These younger prophets assumed, quite naturally, that God had taken Elijah’s spirit into heaven, leaving his body behind, and they wanted to give him a proper burial.

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