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1. Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

2. "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great brough, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me." 3. But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the nearness of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he betold the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the nearness of the LORD.

4. But the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty storm on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.

5. Then the sailors were frightened, and each shouted out to his god. And they hurled the freight 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. 6. So the leader came and said to him, "What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Byhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not forfare."

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

8. Then they said to him, "Tell us for whose sake this evil has come upon us. What is your work? And where do you come from? What is your homeland? And of what folk are you?"

9. And he said to them, "I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."

10. Then the men were overly scared and said to him, "What is this that you have done!" For the men knew that he was fleeing from the nearness of the LORD, since he had told them.

11. Then they said to him, "What shall we do to you, that the sea may hush down for us?" For the sea grew more and more stormy.

12. He said to them, "Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will hush down for you, for I know it is owing to me that this great storm has come upon you."

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

14. Therefore, they called out to the LORD, "O LORD, let us not forfare for this man's life, and lay not on us guiltless blood, for you, O LORD, have done as it gladdened you."

15. So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea stopped from its angering.

16. Then the men feared the LORD overly, and they bequeathed a bequeathing to the LORD and made oaths.

17. And the LORD set up a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Head 2

1. Then Jonah besought the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,

2. saying, "I called out to the LORD, out of my woe, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I shouted, and you heard my pipe.

3. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood beset me; all your waves and your billows overtook over me.

4. Then I said, 'I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.'

5. The waters shut in over me to take my life; the deep beset me; weeds were wrapped about my head

6. at the roots of the mounts. I went down to the land whose bands shut upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.

7. When my life was swooning away, I called to mind the LORD, and my asking came to you, into your holy temple.

8. Those who take heed to worthless false gods forsake their hope of steadfast love.

9. But I with the pipe of thanksgiving will bequeath to you; what I have behought I will betell. Healing belongs to the LORD!"

10. And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.

Head 3

1. Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,

2. "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great brough, and call out against it the errand that I tell you."

3. So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, by the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an overly great brough, three days' fare in breadth.

4. Jonah began to go into the brough, going a day's fare. And he called out, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"

5. And the folk of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

6. The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his seat, outtook his robe, overlaid himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

7. And he folkcast a bidding and furthset through Nineveh, "By the behest of the king and his earls: Let neither man nor wight, herd nor flock, smack anything. Let them not feed or drink water,

8. but let man and wight be overlaid with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone wend from his evil way and from the wrothness that is in his hands.

9. Who knows? God may wend and let up and wend from his wild anger, so that we may not forfare."

10. When God saw what they did, how they wended from their evil way, God let up of the woe that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Head 4

1. But it misgladdened Jonah overly, and he was angry.

2. And he besought to the LORD and said, "O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my homeland? That is why I made speed to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a willsome God and forgiving, slow to anger and overflowing in steadfast love, and letting up from woe.

3. Therefore now, O LORD, prithee take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live." 4. And the LORD said, "Do you do well to be angry?"

5. Jonah went out of the burg and sat to the east of the burg and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the burg.

6. Now the LORD God set up a wort and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to spare him from his misfrofor. So Jonah was overly glad owing to the wort.

7. But when dawn came up the next day, God set up a worm that fought the wort, so that it withered.

8. When the sun rose, God set up a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was swoonish. And he asked that he might die and said, "It is better for me to die than to live."

9. But God said to Jonah, "Do you do well to be angry for the wort?" And he said, "Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die."

10. And the LORD said, "You ruth the wort, for which you did not work, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and forfared in a night.

11. And should not I have ruth towards Nineveh, that great burg, in which there are more than 120,000 folk who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many cows?"

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