1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai,
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
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
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
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 look 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
1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's
2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD,
and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou
heardest my voice.
3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the
seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy
waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again
toward thy holy temple.
5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth
closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with
her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life
from corruption, O LORD my God.
7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my
prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving;
I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah
upon the dry land.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time,
2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it
the preaching that I bid thee.
3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word
of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three
4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he
cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast,
and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the
least of them.
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his
throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with
sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through
Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let
neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them
not feed, nor drink water:
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry
mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil
way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from
his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil
way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he
would do unto them; and he did it not.
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD,
was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore
I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious
God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and
repentest thee of the evil.
3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me;
for it is better for me to die than to live.
4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the
city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the
shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.
6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over
Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him
from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day,
and it smote the gourd that it withered.
8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared
a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah,
that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is
better for me to die than to live.
9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the
gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the
which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came
up in a night, and perished in a night:
11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are
more then sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between
their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?