1,1Now the word of the L-rd came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
1,2Arise, go to Nineveh, that
great city, and preach against it, for their wickedness has come up before
1,3But Jonah rose up to
flee to Tarshish from the presence of the L-rd. He went down to Joppa, and
found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid its fare, and went down into
it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the L-rd.
1,4But the L-rd sent out a great wind
on the sea, and there was a mighty storm on the sea, so that the ship was
likely to break up. 1,5Then
the mariners were afraid, and every man cried to his god. They threw the
cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had
gone down into the innermost parts of the ship, and he was laying down,
and was fast asleep. 1,6So
the shipmaster came to him, and said to him, What do you mean, sleeper?
Arise, call on your G-d! Maybe your G-d will notice us, so that we won't perish.
1,7They all said to each
other, 'Come, let us cast lots, that we may know who is responsible for
this evil that is on us.' So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
1,8Then they asked him,
'Tell us, please, for whose cause this evil is on us. What is your
occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? Of what people
1,9He said to them, I
am a Hebrew, and I fear the L-rd, the G-d of Heaven, who
has made the sea and the dry land.
1,10Then were the men
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 L-rd,
because he had told them.
1,11Then they said to him, What
shall we do to you, that the sea may be calm to us? For the sea grew
more and more stormy. 1,12He
said to them, Take me up, and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will
be calm for you; for I know that because of me this great storm is on
1,13Nevertheless the men
rowed hard to get them back to the land; but they could not, for the sea
grew more and more stormy against them.
1,14Therefore they cried to the L-rd,
and said, We beg you L-rd, we beg you, don't let us die for this
man's life, and don't lay on us innocent blood; for you, L-rd, have
done as it pleased you.
1,15So they took up Jonah, and threw
him into the sea; and the sea ceased its raging.
1,16Then the men feared the L-rd
exceedingly; and they offered a sacrifice to the L-rd, and made vows.
2,1And the L-rd prepared a
great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish
three days and three nights.
2,2Then Jonah prayed to
the L-rd, his G-d, out of the fish's belly.
I called because of my affliction to the L-rd.
He answered me.
Out of the belly of Hell I cried.
You heard my voice.
2,4For you threw me into
in the heart of the seas.
The flood was all around me.
All your waves and your billows passed over me.
2,5I said, 'I have been
banished from Your sight;
yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'
2,6The waters surrounded
even to the soul.
The deep was around me.
The weeds were wrapped around my head.
2,7I went down to the
bottoms of the mountains.
The earth barred me in forever;
yet You brought up my life from the pit, L-rd my G-d.
2,8When my soul
fainted within me, I remembered the L-rd.
My prayer came in to You, into your holy temple.
2,9Those who regard lying
vanities forsake their own mercy.
2,10But I will sacrifice
to You with the voice of thanksgiving.
I will pay that which I have vowed.
Salvation belongs to the L-rd.
2,11And the L-rd spoke to the
fish, and it vomited out Jonah on the dry land.
3,1The word of the L-rd came
to Jonah the second time, saying,
3,2Arise, go to Nineveh, that
great city, and preach to it the message that I give you.
3,3So Jonah arose, and
went to Nineveh, according to the word of the L-rd. Now Nineveh was an
exceedingly great city, three days' journey across.
3,4Jonah began to enter into the city
a day's journey, and he cried out, and said, In forty days, Nineveh
will be overthrown!
3,5The people of Nineveh
believed G-d; and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from their
greatest even to their least.
3,6The news reached the king of
Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and took off his royal robe,
covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
3,7He made a proclamation and
published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles,
saying, Let neither man nor animal, herd nor flock, taste anything; let
them not feed, nor drink water;
3,8but let them be covered with
sackcloth, both man and animal, and let them cry mightily to G-d. Let
them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in his
hands. 3,9Who knows whether
G-d will not turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that
we might not perish?
3,10G-d saw their works,
that they turned from their evil way. G-d relented of the disaster which
He said would be done to them, and didn't do it.
4,1But it displeased Jonah
exceedingly, and he was angry.
4,2He prayed to the L-rd, and said,
please, L-rd, wasn't this what I said when I was still in my own
country? Therefore I hurried to flee to Tarshish, for I knew that you are
a gracious G-d, and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving
kindness, and you relent of doing harm.
4,3Therefore, L-rd, I beg
you, take my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
4,4And the L-rd said, Is it
right for you to be angry?
4,5Then Jonah went out of
the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and made himself a
booth, and sat under it in the shade, until he might see what would become
of the city. 4,6And the L-rd G-d
prepared a vine, and had it come up over Jonah, that it might be a
shade over his head, to deliver him from his discomfort. So Jonah was
exceedingly glad because of the vine.
4,7But G-d prepared a worm at dawn
the next day, and it chewed on the vine, so that it withered.
4,8And when the sun arose,
G-d prepared a sultry east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head,
so that he fainted, and requested for himself that he might die, and said,
'It is better for me to die than to live.'
4,9And G-d said to Jonah,
Is it right for you to be angry about the vine?
He said, 'I am right to be angry, even to death.'
4,10And the L-rd said, You
have been concerned for the vine, for which you have not labored, neither
made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night.
4,11Shouldn't I be concerned for
Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred twenty
thousand persons who can't discern between their right hand and their
left hand; and also much livestock?