Jonah 1


Now the word of the  Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying
Jonah: Gr. Jonas
Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the  Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he 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 the  Lord.

But the  Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
sent out: Heb. cast forth
was like…: Heb. thought to be broken
Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. So the 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 perish not. And 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. Then 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? And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the  Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
the  Lord: or,  Jehovah
10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the  Lord, because he had told them.
exceedingly…: Heb. with great fear

11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.
may…: Heb. may be silent from us
wrought…: or, grew more and more tempestuous: Heb. went
12 And 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. 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
rowed: Heb. digged
wrought…: or, grew more and more tempestuous: Heb. went
14 Wherefore they cried unto the  Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O  Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O  Lord, hast done as it pleased thee. 15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
ceased: Heb. stood
16 Then the men feared the  Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the  Lord, and made vows.
offered…: Heb. sacrifice unto the  Lord, and vowed vows

17 Now the  Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
belly: Heb. bowels
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