Each man said to his mate, "Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this calamity has struck us." So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.
Then they said to him, "Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?"
Then they called on the LORD and said, "We earnestly pray, O LORD , do not let us perish on account of this man's life and do not put innocent blood on us; for You, O LORD , have done as You have pleased."
He prayed to the LORD and said, "Please LORD , was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity.