¶ Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their
wickedness is come up before me.
3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD; and he
went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare
thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence
of the LORD.
4 ¶ But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty
tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god; and they cast
forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it unto them. But
Jonah was gone down into the innermost parts of the ship; and he lay, and was
6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O
sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we
7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may
know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell
8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is
upon us; what is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country?
and of what people art thou?
9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven,
which hath made the sea and the dry land.
10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, What is this that
thou hast done? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD,
because he had told them.
11 ¶ Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be
calm unto us? for the sea grew more and more tempestuous.
12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall
the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to get them back to the land; but they could
not: for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.
14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we
beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us
innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.
15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased
from her raging.
16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly; and they offered a sacrifice unto
the LORD, and made vows.
17 And the LORD prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the
belly of the fish three days and three nights.
1 ¶ Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly.
2 And he said, I called by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he
answered me; out of the belly of hell cried I, [and] thou heardest my voice.
3 For thou didst cast me into the depth, in the heart of the seas, and the flood
was round about me; all thy waves and thy billows passed over me.
4 And I said, am cast out from before thine eyes; yet I will look again toward
thy holy temple.
5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul; the deep was round about me;
the weeds were wrapped about my head.
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars [closed]
upon me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.
7 When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in
unto thee, into thine holy temple.
8 They that regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that
which I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
10 ¶ And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry
1 ¶ And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that
I bid thee.
3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now
Nineveh was an exceeding great city, of three days’ journey.
4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and
said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
5 ¶ And the people of Nineveh believed God; and they proclaimed a fast, and put
on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6 And the tidings reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and
laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he made proclamation and published through Nineveh by the decree of the
king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste
any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
8 but let them be covered with sackcloth, both man and beast, and let them cry
mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the
violence that is in their hands.
9 Who knoweth whether God will not turn and repent, and turn away from his
fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God
repented of the evil, which he said he would do unto them; and he did it not.
1 ¶ But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.
2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my
saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I hasted to flee unto Tarshish:
for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and full of compassion, slow to anger,
and plenteous in mercy, and repentest thee of the evil.
3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better
for me to die than to live.
4 And the LORD said, Doest thou well to be angry?
5 ¶ Then Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and
there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what
would become of the city.
6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it
might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his evil case. So Jonah was
exceeding glad because of the gourd.
7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the
gourd, that it withered.
8 And it came to pass, when the sun arose, that God prepared a sultry east wind;
and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and requested for
himself that he might die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said,
I do well to be angry even unto death.
10 And the LORD said, Thou hast had pity on the gourd; for the which thou hast
not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in
11 and should not I have pity on Nineveh, that great city; wherein are more than
sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their
left hand; and also much cattle?