1 Now the word of LORD came to Jonah 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 Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of LORD. And he went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare of it, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of LORD
4 But LORD sent out a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man to his god. And they cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it to them. But Jonah was gone down into the innermost parts of the ship, and he lay, and w
6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said to him, What do thou mean, O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we not perish.
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 they said to him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us. What is thine occupation? And from where do thou come? What is thy country, and of what people are thou?
9 And he said to them, I am a Hebrew, and I fear LORD, the God of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land.
10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, What is this that thou have done? For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of LORD, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, What shall we do to thee, that the sea may be calm to us? For the sea grew more and more tempestuous.
12 And he said to them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea, so shall the sea be calm to you. For I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to get themselves back to the land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.
14 Therefore they cried to 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, have done as it pleased thee. 15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared LORD exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to LORD, and made vows.
17 And LORD prepared a great sea creature to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the sea creature three days and three nights.