1:1: Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the
son of Amittai, saying,
1:2: Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry
against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
1:3: 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.
1:4: 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 broken.
1:5: 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.
1:6: 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.
1:7: 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.
1:8: 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
1:9: 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.
1:10: 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.
1:11: 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 tempestuous.
1:12: 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.
1:13: Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it
to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was
tempestuous against them.
1:14: 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.
1:15: So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into
the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
1:16: Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and
offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
1:17: Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow
up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and
2:1: Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out
of the fish's belly,
2:2: 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.
2:3: 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.
2:4: Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet
I will look again toward thy holy temple.
2:5: The waters compassed me about, even to the soul:
the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about
2:6: 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.
2:7: When my soul fainted within me I remembered
the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
2:8: They that observe lying vanities forsake their
2:9: But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice
of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation
is of the LORD.
2:10: And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited
out Jonah upon the dry land.
3:1: And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the
second time, saying,
3:2: Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and
preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
3:3: So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according
to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city
of three days' journey.
3:4: And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's
journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall
3:5: 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.
3:6: 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.
3:7: 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:
3:8: 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.
3:9: Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and
turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
3:10: 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.
4:1: But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he
was very angry.
4:2: 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.
4:3: Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee,
my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
4:4: Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
4:5: 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.
4:6: 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
4:7: But God prepared a worm when the morning rose
the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
4:8: 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.
4:9: And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be
angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even
4:10: 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:
4:11: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great
city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot
discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also