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Jonah 1 (Lexham English Bible)

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Jonah Disobeys Yahweh

1 And the word of Yahweh came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 "Get up! Go to the great city Nineveh and cry out against her, because their evil has come up {before me}."a 3 But Jonah set out to flee toward Tarshish from {the presence of}b Yahweh. And he went down [to] Joppa and found a merchant ship going [to] Tarshish, and paid her fare, and went on board her to go with them toward Tarshish from {the presence of}c Yahweh. 4 And Yahweh hurled a great wind upon the sea, and it was a great storm on the sea, and the merchant ship {was in danger of breaking up}.d 5 And the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they threw the {contents}e that were in the merchant ship into the sea to lighten it for them. And [meanwhile] Jonah went down into the hold of the vessel and lay down and fell asleep. 6 And the captainf of the ship approached him and said to him, "Why are you {sound asleep}?g Get up! Call on your god! Perhaps [your] godh will take notice of us and we won't perish!" 7 And they said {to one another},i "Come, let us cast lots so that we may know on whose account this disaster [has come] on us!" And they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they said to him, "Please tell us whoever [is responsible that] this disaster [has come] upon us! What [is] your occupation? And from where do you come? What [is] your country? And from which people [are] you?" 9 And he said to them, "I [am] a Hebrew, and I fear Yahweh, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land." 10 Then the men {were greatly afraid},j and they said to him, "What [is] this you have done?" because theyk knew that he [was] fleeing {from the presence of}l Yahweh (because he had told them). 11 So they said to him, "What shall we do to you so that the sea may quiet down for us?" because the sea {was growing more and more tempestuous}.m 12 And he said to them, "Pick me up and hurl me into the sea so that the sea may quiet down for you, because I know that on account of me this great storm [has come] upon you all." 13 But the men rowed [hard] to bring [the ship]n back to the dry land, and they could not [do so] because the sea {was growing more and more tempestuous}o against them. 14 So they cried out to Yahweh, and they said, "O Yahweh! Please do not let us perish because of this man's life, and {do not make us guilty of innocent blood},p because you, O Yahweh, did what you wanted." 15 And they picked Jonah up and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 So the men feared Yahweh {greatly},q and they offered a sacrifice to Yahweh and {made}r vows.

Jonah Is Swallowed by a Fish and Prays to Yahweh

17 s And Yahweh provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
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