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Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

11Now the word of the Lord came to aJonah the son of Amittai, saying,

2 Kgs. 14:25

2“Arise, go to bNineveh, that cgreat city, and call out against it, dfor their evil1 has come up before me.”

Rev. 18:5

3:3; 4:11

Gen. 10:11; 2 Kgs. 19:36; Nah. 1:1; Zeph. 2:13; Matt. 12:41; Luke 11:30, 32

The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jonah

3But Jonah erose to flee to fTarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to gJoppa and found a ship going to fTarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to fTarshish, haway from the presence of the Lord.

Gen. 4:16; [Ps. 139:9]

See 1 Kgs. 10:22

See Josh. 19:46


4But ithe Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened jto break up.

1 Kgs. 22:48; Ps. 48:7

[Ps. 107:25]

5Then the mariners were afraid, and keach cried out to his god. And lthey hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep.

[Acts 27:18, 38]

[Ps. 107:28]

6So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, kcall out to your god! mPerhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”


[See 5 above]

Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

7And they said to one another, “Come, let us ncast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.

[Judg. 20:9]

8Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”

9And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear othe Lord, the God of heaven, pwho made the sea and the dry land.”

Ps. 146:6

Rev. 11:13

10Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that hhe was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

[See 3 above]

11Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous.

12He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, qfor I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”

[Josh. 7:20]

13Nevertheless, the men rowed hard2 to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.

Hebrew the men dug in [their oars]

14Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and rlay not on us innocent blood, sfor you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.”

[Ps. 115:3]

Deut. 21:8

15So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, tand the sea ceased from its raging.

Ps. 65:7; Luke 8:24

16Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, uand they offered a sacrifice to the Lord vand made vows.

See 2:9

[Gen. 8:20; 31:54]

A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

173 And the Lord appointed4 a great fish to swallow up Jonah. wAnd Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Matt. 12:40; 16:4; [Luke 11:30]

Or had appointed

Ch 2:1 in Hebrew