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Jonah 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:1 - Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:2 - “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil[fn] has come up before me.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:3 - But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:4 - But the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:5 - Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep.

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:6 - So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:7 - And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:8 - Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:9 - And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:10 - Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:11 - Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous.

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:12 - He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:13 - Nevertheless, the men rowed hard[fn] to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:14 - Therefore they called out to the LORD, “O LORD, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:15 - So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:16 - Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.

A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

Unchecked Copy BoxJon 1:17 - [fn] And the LORD appointed[fn] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
ESV Footnotes
The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jonah
Hebrew the men dug in [their oars]
Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
Or had appointed
ESV

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