Jonah 1

1 Now the word of יהוה came unto N59Jonah (Yonah) 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 Yonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of יהוה, and went down to Joppa (Yafo); 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 יהוה.

4 But יהוה 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 Yonah 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 you, O sleeper? Arise, call upon your God (Elohim), if so be that God (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 Yonah.

8 Then said they unto him, “Please tell us, for whose cause this disaster (raah) is upon us? What is your occupation? And whence comest you? What is your country? And of what people are you?”

9 And he said unto them, “I am a Hebrew (Ivri); and I fear יהוה, God of the Heaven (Elohei haShamayim), who hath made the sea and the dry land.

10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, “Why have you done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of יהוה, because he had told them.

11 Then said they unto him, “What shall we do unto you, 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 יהוה, and said, “We beseech You, O יהוה, we beseech You, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood; for You, O יהוה, hast done as it pleased You.

15 So they took up Yonah, and cast him forth into the sea, and the sea ceased from her raging.

16 Then the men feared יהוה exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto יהוה, and made vows.

17 Now יהוה had prepared a great fish to swallow up Yonah. And Yonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.