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1 One day the Lord spoke to Jonah son of Amittai. 1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai:
2 He said, "Go to Nineveh, that great city, and speak out against it; I am aware of how wicked its people are." 2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me."
3 Jonah, however, set out in the opposite direction in order to get away from the Lord. He went to Joppa, where he found a ship about to go to Spain. He paid his fare and went aboard with the crew to sail to Spain, where he would be away from the Lord. 3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, 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.
4 But the Lord sent a strong wind on the sea, and the storm was so violent that the ship was in danger of breaking up. 4 Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
5 The sailors were terrified and cried out for help, each one to his own god. Then, in order to lessen the danger, they threw the cargo overboard. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone below and was lying in the ship's hold, sound asleep. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.
6 The captain found him there and said to him, "What are you doing asleep? Get up and pray to your god for help. Maybe he will feel sorry for us and spare our lives." 6 The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish."
7 The sailors said to each other, "Let's draw lots and find out who is to blame for getting us into this danger." They did so, and Jonah's name was drawn. 7 Then the sailors said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity." They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.
8 So they said to him, "Now, then, tell us! Who is to blame for this? What are you doing here? What country do you come from? What is your nationality?" 8 So they asked him, "Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?"
9 "I am a Hebrew," Jonah answered. "I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made land and sea." 9 He answered, "I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land."
10 Jonah went on to tell them that he was running away from the Lord. The sailors were terrified, and said to him, "That was an awful thing to do!" 10 This terrified them and they asked, "What have you done?" (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had already told them so.)
11 The storm was getting worse all the time, so the sailors asked him, "What should we do to you to stop the storm?" 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, "What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?"
12 Jonah answered, "Throw me into the sea, and it will calm down. I know it is my fault that you are caught in this violent storm." 12 "Pick me up and throw me into the sea," he replied, "and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you."
13 Instead, the sailors tried to get the ship to shore, rowing with all their might. But the storm was becoming worse and worse, and they got nowhere. 13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.
14 So they cried out to the Lord, "O Lord, we pray, don't punish us with death for taking this man's life! You, O Lord, are responsible for all this; it is your doing." 14 Then they cried to the LORD, "O LORD, please do not let us die for taking this man's life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O LORD, have done as you pleased."
15 Then they picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea, and it calmed down at once. 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.
16 This made the sailors so afraid of the Lord that they offered a sacrifice and promised to serve him. 16 At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him.
17 At the Lord's command a large fish swallowed Jonah, and he was inside the fish for three days and three nights. 17 But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.