1The word of Yahweh was addressed to Jonah son of Amittai:
2'Up!' he said, 'Go to Nineveh, the great city, and proclaim to them that their wickedness has forced itselfupon me.'
3Jonah set about running away from Yahweh, and going to Tarshish. He went down to Jaffa and found aship bound for Tarshish; he paid his fare and boarded it, to go with them to Tarshish, to get away from Yahweh.
4But Yahweh threw a hurricane at the sea, and there was such a great storm at sea that the shipthreatened to break up.
5The sailors took fright, and each of them called on his own god, and to lighten the ship they threw thecargo overboard. Jonah, however, had gone below, had lain down in the hold and was fast asleep,
6when the boatswain went up to him and said, 'What do you mean by sleeping? Get up! Call on yourgod! Perhaps he wil spare us a thought and not leave us to die.'
7Then they said to each other, 'Come on, let us draw lots to find out who is to blame for bringing us thisbad luck.' So they cast lots, and the lot pointed to Jonah.
8Then they said to him, 'Tel us, what is your business? Where do you come from? What is your country?What is your nationality?'
9He replied, 'I am a Hebrew, and I worship Yahweh, God of Heaven, who made both sea and dry land.'
10The sailors were seized with terror at this and said, 'Why ever did you do this?' since they knew that hewas trying to escape from Yahweh, because he had told them so.
11They then said, 'What are we to do with you, to make the sea calm down for us?' For the sea wasgrowing rougher and rougher.
12He replied, 'Take me and throw me into the sea, and then it wil calm down for you. I know it is my faultthat this great storm has struck you.'
13The sailors rowed hard in an effort to reach the shore, but in vain, since the sea was growing rougherand rougher.
14So at last they cal ed on Yahweh and said, 'O, Yahweh, do not let us perish for the sake of this man'slife, and do not hold us responsible for causing an innocent man's death; for you, Yahweh, have acted as yousaw fit.'
15And taking hold of Jonah they threw him into the sea; and the sea stopped raging.
16At this, the men were seized with dread of Yahweh; they offered a sacrifice to Yahweh and made vowsto him.
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