1 Now the word of
the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city,
and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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?
9 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.
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.
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
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.
14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and
said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this
manís 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.
16 Then the men feared the LORD
exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made 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
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