The Book of Jonah
Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai,
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 went down to Joppa; and he 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
5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto
his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to
lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship;
and he lay, and was fast asleep.
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 perish not.
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 upon Jonah.
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. Why hast thou done this? 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 wrought, and was
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 you.
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the
land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against
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 look 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 offered a
sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up
Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three
1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the
2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the
LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest
3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of
the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves
passed over me.
4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look
again toward thy holy temple.
5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the
depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth
with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from
corruption, 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 observe lying vanities forsake their own
9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of
thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the
10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out
Jonah upon the dry land.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second
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'
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
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a
fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose
from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with
sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed 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
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and 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 can tell if God will 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, that he had said that he would do
unto them; and he did it not.
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very
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
fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and
merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the
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 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
5 So 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 grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad 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 did arise, that God
prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah,
that he fainted, and wished in himself to 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 Then said the LORD, 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 a night:
11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city,
wherein are more then sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern
between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?