1:1 Now the word of YHWH came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Jonah
1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness has come up before me. Jonah
1:3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of YHWH, and went down to Joppa; and he 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 YHWH.
1:4 But YHWH sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was in danger of being broken. Jonah
1:5 Then the mariners were afraid, and every man cried to his elohim, and cast the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah had gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. Jonah
1:6 So the ship-master came to him, and said to him, What do you mean, O sleeper? arise, call upon your Elohim, it may be that Elohim will think upon us, so that we do not perish.
1:7 And they each said to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, so that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. Jonah
1:8 Then they said to him, Tell us, we pray you, for whose cause this evil is upon us. What is your occupation? and where do you come from? what is your country? and of what people are you? Jonah
1:9 And he said to them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear YHWH, the Elohim of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land.
1:10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, Why have you done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of YHWH, because he had told them. Jonah
1:11 Then they said to him, What shall we do to you, so that the sea may be calm for us? for the sea worked, and was tempestuous. Jonah
1:12 And he said to them, Take me, and cast me into the sea; so the sea shall be calm for you*: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you*. Jonah
1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea worked, and was tempestuous against them. Jonah
1:14 Therefore they cried to YHWH, and said, We beseech you, O YHWH, we beseech you, do not let us perish for this man's life, and do not lay upon us innocent blood: for you, O YHWH, have done as it pleased you.
1:15 So they took Jonah, and cast him into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Jonah
1:16 Then the men feared YHWH exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to YHWH, and made vows.
1:17 Now YHWH had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
2:1 Then Jonah prayed to YHWH his Elohim out of the fish's belly,
2:2 And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to YHWH, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell I cried, and you heardst my voice.
2:3 For you had cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods encompassed me: all your billows and your waves passed over me.
2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again towards your holy temple.
2:5 The waters encompassed me, even to the soul: the depth enclosed me on every side, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever: yet you have brought up my life from corruption, O YHWH my Elohim.
2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered YHWH: and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
2:8 Those who observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
2:9 But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation is of YHWH.
2:10 And YHWH spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
3:1 And the word of YHWH came to Jonah the second time, saying, Jonah
3:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the preaching that I bid you. Jonah
3:3 So Jonah arose, and went to Nineveh, according to the word of YHWH. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey. Jonah
3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city for a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed Elohim, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest even to the least of them. Jonah
3:6 For word came to the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Jonah
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 anything: do not let them feed, nor drink water: Jonah
3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to Elohim: yes, let them each turn from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Jonah
3:9 Who can tell if Elohim will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish?
3:10 And Elohim saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and Elohim repented of the evil that he had said that he would do to them; and he did not do it.
4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. Jonah
4:2 And he prayed to YHWH, and said, I pray you, O YHWH was this not my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before to Tarshish: for I knew that you are a gracious Elohim, merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest of the evil. Jonah
4:3 Therefore now, O YHWH, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Jonah
4:4 Then YHWH said, Do you do well to be angry?
4:5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and made him a booth there, and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city. Jonah
4:6 And YHWH Elohim prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, so that it might be a shade over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. Jonah
4:7 But Elohim prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd so that it withered. Jonah
4:8 And it came to pass, when the sun rose that Elohim prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, so that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
4:9 And Elohim said to Jonah, Do you do well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even to death. Jonah
4:10 Then YHWH said, You have had pity on the gourd, for which you have not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: Jonah
4:11 And should I not spare Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand--and also many cattle?