Now the word of Jehovah came unto Jonah the son
of Amittai, saying, 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 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.
But 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. Then 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.
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 a Hebrew; and I fear
Jehovah, the God of heaven, who hath made the sea and the dry land.
Then 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 told them.
Then 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. 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.
Nevertheless the men rowed hard to get them back
to the land; but they could not: for the sea grew more and more
tempestuous against them. Wherefore 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 thee.
So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into
the sea; and the sea ceased from its raging.
Then the men feared Jehovah exceedingly; and
they offered a sacrifice unto Jehovah, and made vows.
And Jehovah prepared a great fish to swallow up
Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Then Jonah prayed unto Jehovah his God out of the
fish's belly. And he said, I called by reason of
mine affliction unto Jehovah, And he answered me; Out of the belly of
Sheol cried I, And thou heardest my voice.
For thou didst cast me into the depth, in the
heart of the seas, And the flood was round about me; All thy waves and thy
billows passed over me. And I said, I am cast out
from before thine eyes; Yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
The waters compassed me about, even to the soul;
The deep was round about me; The weeds were wrapped about my head.
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; The
earth with its bars closed upon me for ever: Yet hast thou brought
up my life from the pit, O Jehovah my God. When
my soul fainted within me, I remembered Jehovah; And my prayer came in
unto thee, into thy holy temple. They that regard
lying vanities Forsake their own mercy. But I
will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that
which I have vowed. Salvation is of Jehovah. And
Jehovah spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
And the word of Jehovah came unto Jonah the
second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that
great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according
to the word of Jehovah. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city, of three
days' journey. And Jonah began to enter into the
city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh
shall be overthrown. And the people of Nineveh
believed God; and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the
greatest of them even to the least of them. And
the tidings reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and
laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
And he made proclamation and published through
Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man
nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, nor drink
water; but let them be covered with sackcloth,
both man and beast, and let them cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn
every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in his hands.
Who knoweth whether God will not turn and repent,
and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
And God saw their works, that they turned from
their evil way; and God repented of the evil which he said he would do
unto them; and he did it not.
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was
angry. And he prayed unto Jehovah, and said, I
pray thee, O Jehovah, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my
country? Therefore I hasted to flee unto Tarshish; for I knew that thou
art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in
lovingkindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
Therefore now, O Jehovah, take, I beseech thee,
my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
And Jehovah said, Doest thou well to be angry?
Then Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the
east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the
shade, till he might see what would become of the city.
And Jehovah God prepared a gourd, and made it to
come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to deliver him
from his evil case. So Jonah was exceeding glad because of the gourd.
But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the
next day, and it smote the gourd, that it withered.
And it came to pass, when the sun arose, that God
prepared a sultry east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that
he fainted, and requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is
better for me to die than to live. And God said
to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do
well to be angry, even unto death. And Jehovah
said, Thou hast had regard for the gourd, for which thou hast not labored,
neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:
and should not I have regard for Nineveh, that
great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot
discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
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