The New King James Version

Jonah 1:1–17

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Jonah’s Disobedience

1 Now the word of the Lord came to aJonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to bNineveh, that cgreat city, and cry out against it; for dtheir wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to eJoppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to fTarshish gfrom the presence of the Lord.

The Storm at Sea

But hthe Lord 1sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.

Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten 2the load. But Jonah had gone down iinto the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.

So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, jcall on your God; kperhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”

And they said to one another, “Come, let us lcast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, m“Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”

So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear 3the Lord, the God of heaven, nwho made the sea and the dry land.”

Jonah Thrown into the Sea

10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, “Why have you done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?”—for the sea was growing more tempestuous.

12 And he said to them, o“Pick me up and 4throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.”

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, pbut they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, “We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and qdo not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, rhave done as it pleased You.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, sand the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men tfeared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows.

Jonah’s Prayer and Deliverance

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

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