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Jonah

JONAH. JONAH disobeys the LORD.  Jon.1.1-17

1THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO JONAH son of Amittai: 2'Go to the great city of Nineveh, go now and denounce it, for its wickedness stares me in the face.' 3But Jonah set out for Tarshish to escape from the LORD. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for Tarshish. He paid his fare and went on board, meaning to travel by it to Tarshish out of reach of the LORD. 4But the LORD let loose a hurricane, and the sea ran so high in the storm that the ship threatened to break up. 5The sailors were afraid, and each cried out to his god for help. Then they threw things overboard to lighten the ship. Jonah had gone down into a corner of the ship and was lying sound asleep 6when the captain came upon him. 'What, sound asleep?' he said. 'Get up, and call on your god; perhaps he will spare us a thought and we shall not perish.'

7At last the sailors said to each other, 'Come and let us cast lots to find out who is to blame for this bad luck.' So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8'Now then,' they said to him, 'what is your business? Where do you come from? What is your country? Of what nation are you?' 9'I am a Hebrew,' he answered, 'and I worship the LORD the God of heaven, who made both sea and land.' 10At this the sailors were even more afraid. 'What can you have done wrong?' they asked. They already knew that he was trying to escape from the LORD, for he had told them so. 11'What shall we do with you', they asked, 'to make the sea go down?' For the storm grew worse and worse. 12'Take me and throw me overboard,' he said, 'and the sea will go down. I know it is my fault that this great storm has struck you.' 13The crew rowed hard to put back to land but in vain, for the sea ran higher and higher. 14At last they called on the LORD and said, 'O LORD, do not let us perish at the price of this man's life; do not charge us with the death of an innocent man. All this, O LORD, is thy set purpose.' 15Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the sea stopped raging. 16So the crew were filled with the fear of the LORD and offered sacrifice and made vows to him. 17But the LORD ordained that a great fish should swallow Jonah, and for three days and three nights he remained in its belly.


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