Jonah 1

Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

1 Now the word of the LORD came to a Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 "Arise, go to b Nineveh, that c great city, and cry out against it; for d their wickedness has come up before Me." 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to e Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to f Tarshish g from the presence of the LORD.

4 But h the LORD 1 sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten 2 the load. But Jonah had gone down i into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. 6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, "What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, j call on your God; k perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish."

Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

7 And they said to one another, "Come, let us l cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, m "Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?" 9 So he said to them, "I am a Hebrew; and I fear 3 the LORD, the God of heaven, n who made the sea and the dry land." 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, "Why have you done this?" For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

11 Then they said to him, "What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?" - for the sea was growing more tempestuous. 12 And he said to them, o "Pick me up and 4 throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me." 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, p but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said, "We pray, O LORD, please do not let us perish for this man's life, and q do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O LORD, r have done as it pleased You." 15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, s and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men t feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD and took vows.

A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And u Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

  1. Cross References
    2 Kings 14:25
    He restored the territory of Israel from the en...
    Matthew 12:39 - 41
    But He answered and said to them, "An evil and ...
    Matthew 16:4
    A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after ...
    Luke 11:29
    And while the crowds were thickly gathered toge...
    Luke 11:30
    For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so...
    Luke 11:32
    The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment...
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 37:37
    So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 10:11
    From that land he went to Assyria and built Nin...
    Genesis 10:12
    And Resen between Nineveh and Calah (that is th...
    2 Kings 19:36
    So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and wen...
    Jonah 4:11
    "And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city...
    Nahum 1:1
    The burden against Nineveh. The book of the vis...
    Zephaniah 2:13
    And He will stretch out His hand against the no...
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 18:20
    And the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave.
    Hosea 7:2
    They do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face.
  5. Cross References
    Joshua 19:46
    Me Jarkon, and Rakkon, with the region near Joppa.
    2 Chronicles 2:16
    And we will cut wood from Lebanon, as much as you need; we will bring it to you in rafts by sea to Joppa, and you will carry it up to Jerusalem.
    Ezra 3:7
    They also gave money to the masons and the carpenters, and food, drink, and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre to bring cedar logs from Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, according to the permission which they had from Cyrus king of Persia.
    Acts 9:36
    At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.
    Acts 9:43
    So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 23:1
    The burden against Tyre. Wail, you ships of Tarshish! For it is laid waste, So that there is no house, no harbor; From the land of Cyprus it is revealed to them.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 4:16
    Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.
    Job 1:12
    And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
    Job 2:7
    So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 107:25
    For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
  9. Cross References
    1 Samuel 24:3
    So he came to the sheepfolds by the road, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to attend to his needs. ( David and his men were staying in the recesses of the cave.)
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 107:28
    Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses.
  11. Cross References
    Joel 2:14
    Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him - A grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God?
  12. Cross References
    Joshua 7:14
    In the morning therefore you shall be brought according to your tribes. And it shall be that the tribe which the LORD takes shall come according to families; and the family which the LORD takes shall come by households; and the household which the LORD takes shall come man by man.
    1 Samuel 14:41
    Therefore Saul said to the LORD God of Israel, "Give a perfect lot." So Saul and Jonathan were taken, but the people escaped.
    1 Samuel 14:42
    And Saul said, "Cast lots between my son Jonathan and me." So Jonathan was taken.
    Proverbs 16:33
    The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.
  13. Cross References
    Joshua 7:19
    Now Joshua said to Achan, "My son, I beg you, give glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.
    1 Samuel 14:43
    Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done." And Jonathan told him, and said, "I only tasted a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand. So now I must die!
  14. Cross References
    Nehemiah 9:6
    You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.
    Psalms 146:6
    Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever.
    Acts 17:24
    God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
  15. Cross References
    John 11:50
    "nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish."
  16. Cross References
    Proverbs 21:30
    There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the LORD.
  17. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 21:8
    Provide atonement, O LORD, for Your people Israel, whom You have redeemed, and do not lay innocent blood to the charge of Your people Israel.' And atonement shall be provided on their behalf for the blood.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 115:3
    But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
    Daniel 4:35
    All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 89:9
    You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.
    Psalms 107:29
    He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.
    Luke 8:24
    And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.
  20. Cross References
    Mark 4:41
    And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!
    Acts 5:11
    So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.
  21. Cross References
    Matthew 12:40
    For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
    Luke 11:30
    For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation.
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