Bible: Jonah 1:1-6

Jonah Tries to Run from the Lord

1:1 The Lord said 1  to Jonah son of Amittai, 2  1:2 Go immediately 3  to Nineveh, 4  that 5  large capital 6  city, 7  and announce judgment against 8  its people 9  because their wickedness 10  has come to my attention.” 11  1:3 Instead, Jonah immediately 12  headed off to Tarshish 13  to escape 14  from the commission of the Lord. 15  He traveled 16  to Joppa 17  and found a merchant ship heading 18  to Tarshish. 19  So he paid the fare 20  and went aboard 21  it to go with them 22  to Tarshish 23  far away from the Lord. 24  1:4 But 25  the Lord hurled 26  a powerful 27  wind on the sea. Such a violent 28  tempest arose on the sea that 29  the ship threatened to break up! 30  1:5 The sailors were so afraid that each cried out 31  to his own god 32  and they flung 33  the ship’s cargo 34  overboard 35  to make the ship lighter. 36  Jonah, meanwhile, 37  had gone down 38  into the hold 39  below deck, 40  had lain down, and was sound asleep. 41  1:6 The ship’s captain approached him and said, “What are you doing asleep? 42  Get up! Cry out 43  to your god! Perhaps your god 44  might take notice of us 45  so that we might not die!

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