King James VersionJonah1


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 tem­pes­tu­ous. 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 man's 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 three nights.