Jonah 1-4

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Jonah 1

Now the word of Yahweh came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness has come up before me. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh; and he went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare of it, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh.


4 But Yahweh 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. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man to his mighty one; and they cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it to them. But Jonah had gone down into the innermost parts of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. 6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said to him, What is it to you, O sleeper? Arise, call upon your Elohim. If so be that Elohim 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 they said to him, Tell us, we pray, for whose cause this evil is upon us; what is your occupation? And from where do you come? What is your country? And of what people are you? 9 And he said to them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear Yahweh, the Elohim of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land. 10 Then were the men very afraid, and said to him, What is this that you have done? For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of Yahweh, because he had told them.


11 Then they said to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may be calm to us? For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 And he said to them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm to you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. 13 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. 14 Therefore they cried to Yahweh, and said, We plead you, O Yahweh, we plead you, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood; for you, O Yahweh, have done as it pleased you. 15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea; and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared Yahweh greatly; and they offered a sacrifice to Yahweh, and made vows.


17 And Yahweh prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.



Jonah 2

Then Jonah prayed to Yahweh his Elohim out of the fish’s belly. 2 And he said,

I called by reason of my affliction to Yahweh,

And he answered me;

Out of the belly of Sheol cried I,

And you heard my voice.

3 For you cast me into the depth, in the heart of the seas,

And the flood was all around me;

All your waves and your billows passed over me.

4 And I said, I am cast out from before your eyes;

Yet I will look again toward your holy temple.

5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul;

The deep was all around me;

The weeds were wrapped around my head.

6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains;

The earth with its bars closed upon me forever:

Yet have you brought up my life from the pit, O Yahweh my Elohim.

7 When my soul fainted within me, I remembered

Yahweh; And my prayer came in to you; into your holy temple.

8 They that regard lying vanities

Forsake their own mercy.

9 But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving:

I will pay that which I have vowed.

Salvation is of Yahweh.

10 And Yahweh spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.



Jonah 3

And the word of Yahweh came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the preaching that I bid you. 3 So Jonah arose, and went to Nineveh, according to the word of Yahweh. Now Nineveh was a very great city, of three days journey. 4 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.


5 And the people of Nineveh believed Elohim; and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6 And the tidings reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and laid his robe from him, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 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; 8 but let them be covered with sackcloth, both man and beast, and let them cry mightily to Elohim: yes, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in his hands.


9 Who knows whether Elohim will not turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? 10 And Elohim saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and Elohim repented of the evil which he said he would do to them; and he did it not.



Jonah 4

But it displeased Jonah greatly, and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to Yahweh, and said, I pray you, O Yahweh, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I hurried to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious El, and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness, and you repent of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O Yahweh, take, I plead you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4 And Yahweh said, it is right for you to be angry? 5 Then Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made for himself a booth, and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city.


6 And Yahweh Elohim 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 very glad because of the gourd. 7 But Elohim prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it struck the gourd, that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun arose, that Elohim 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. 9 And Elohim said to Jonah, Is it right for you to be angry for the gourd? And he said, It is right to be angry, even to death. 10 And Yahweh said, You have had regard for the gourd, for which you have not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11 and should not I have regard for Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

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