1Now the wordof the LORDcame unto Jonahthe sonof Amittai, saying, 2Arise, goto Nineveh, that greatcity, and cryagainst it; for their wickednessis come upbefore me. 3But Jonahrose upto fleeunto Tarshishfrom the presenceof the LORD, and went downto Joppa; and he founda shipgoingto Tarshish: so he paidthe farethereof, and went downinto it, to gowith them unto Tarshishfrom the presenceof the LORD.
4But the LORDsent outa greatwindinto the sea, and there was a mightytempestin the sea, so that the shipwas liketo be broken. 5Then the marinerswere afraid, and criedevery manunto his god, and cast forththe wares that were in the shipinto the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonahwas gone downinto the sidesof the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
6So the shipmastercameto him, and saidunto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, callupon thy God, if so be that Godwill thinkupon us, that we perish not. 7And they saidevery oneto his fellow, Come, and let us castlots, that we may knowfor whose causethis evil is upon us. So they castlots, and the lotfellupon Jonah.
8Then saidthey unto him, Tellus, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whencecomest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? 9And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fearthe LORD, the Godof heaven, which hath madethe seaand the dry land. 10Then were the menexceedinglyafraid, and saidunto him, Why hast thou donethis? For the menknewthat he fledfrom the presenceof the LORD, because he had told them.
11Then saidthey unto him, What shall we dounto thee, that the seamay be calmunto us? for the seawrought, and was tempestuous. 12And he saidunto them, Take me up, and cast me forthinto the sea; so shall the seabe calmunto you: for I knowthat for my sakethis greattempest is upon you. 13Nevertheless the menrowed hardto bring it to the land; but they couldnot: for the seawrought, and was tempestuous against them.
14Wherefore they criedunto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perishfor this man’slife, and laynot upon us innocentblood: for thou, O LORD, hast doneas it pleased thee. 15So they took upJonah, and cast him forthinto the sea: and the seaceasedfrom her raging. 16Then the menfearedthe LORDexceedingly, and offereda sacrificeunto the LORD, and madevows.
17Now the LORDhad prepareda greatfishto swallow upJonah. And Jonahwas in the bellyof the fishthreedaysand threenights.