The word of the LORD came to Jonah1 son of Amittai:2
"Go to the great city of Nineveh3 and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me."
But Jonah ran4 away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish5. He went down to Joppa,6 where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.7
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