1 1Now the word of Jehovah came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their
wickedness is come up before me.
3But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish
from the presence of Jehovah; and he went down to Joppa, and found a ship
going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go
with them unto Tarshish from the presence of Jehovah.
4But Jehovah sent
out a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so
that the ship was like to be broken.
5Then the mariners were afraid, and
cried every man unto his god; and they cast forth the wares that were in the
ship into the sea, to lighten it unto them. But Jonah was gone down into the
innermost parts of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper?
arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we
7And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast
lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast
lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
8Then said they unto him, Tell us, we
pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; what is thine occupation?
and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
9And he said unto them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear Jehovah, the God of
heaven, who hath made the sea and the dry land.
10Then were the men
exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, What is this that thou hast done? For
the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of Jehovah, because he had
11Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that
the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea grew more and more tempestuous.
12And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so
shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great
tempest is upon you.
13Nevertheless the men rowed hard to get them back
to the land; but they could not: for the sea grew more and more tempestuous
14Wherefore they cried unto Jehovah, and said, We beseech
thee, O Jehovah, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and
lay not upon us innocent blood; for thou, O Jehovah, hast done as it pleased
15So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea; and the
sea ceased from its raging.
16Then the men feared Jehovah exceedingly;
and they offered a sacrifice unto Jehovah, and made vows.
prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the
fish three days and three nights.