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1
Jonah Runs From His Mission
1Now the word of Adonai came to Jonah, son of Amittai, saying:
2“Rise, go to the great city Nineveh and call out to her, for their evil has risen before me.”
3But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish, from the presence of Adonai. He went down to Jaffa and found a ship going to Tarshish, paid the fee and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish—away from the presence of Adonai.
4Then Adonai hurled a forceful wind into the sea and there was such a mighty storm on the sea that the ship was about to shatter.
5So the sailors were afraid and cried out, each man to his own god. Then they cast the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest part of the ship, to lay down and fell fast asleep.
6So the chief sailor came near to him and said to him, “What, are you sleeping? Get up! Call out to your god. Perhaps the gods will consider us, so we will not perish!”
7Then each man said to his companion, “Come, let’s cast lots—so we may know because of whom this evil is happening to us.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.
8Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account is this evil happening to us? What is your profession and where did you come from? What is your land and from what nation are you?”
9He said to them, “I am a Hebrew and I fear Adonai God of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land.”
10Then the men became afraid with an overwhelming fear and they said to him, “What have you done?” For the men knew that he had fled from the presence of Adonai, because he had told them.
11So they said to him, “What should we do to you so the sea will become calm for us?”—for the storm was raging on.
12“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he said to them, “then the sea will become calm for you. For I know it is because of me that this great storm is upon you.”
13Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to the land, but they could not, because the sea kept raging against them.
14So they cried to Adonai and said, “Please, Adonai, don’t let us perish on account of the soul of this man and don’t put innocent blood on us. For you, Adonai, have done as you pleased.”
15So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea—and the sea stilled from its raging.
16Then the men became afraid with an overwhelming fear of Adonai, and they offered a sacrifice to Adonai and made vows.