And he said, You have asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so unto you; but if not, it shall not be so.
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George Leo Haydock
Hard thing. Hebrew literally, "thou art hardened to ask "a thing so difficult, and which I have not the power to grant. But I will pray that thou mayst receive it; (Calmet) and I feel confident that thou wilt, if God shall grant thee the power to see me, at my departure. (Haydock)
This he did, ver. 12. (Menochius)
Elias had perhaps imagined that his disciple would have desired some of his clothes, or some advice. (Calmet)
He left him his mantle, (ver. 13.; Haydock) and by prayer was enabled to communicate his spirit to him; as Moses and the apostles did to their assistants in the ministry. (Calmet)