CHAPTER 1 **1** Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, **2** Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. **3** But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. **4** ¶ But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. **5** Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that _were_ in the ship into the sea, to lighten _it_ of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. **6** So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. **7** And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil _is_ upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. **8** Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil _is_ upon us; What _is_ thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what _is_ thy country? and of what people _art_ thou? **9** And he said unto them, I _am_ an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry _land_. **10** Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. **11** ¶ Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. **12** And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest _is_ upon you. **13** Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring _it_ to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. **14** Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee. **15** So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. **16** Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows. **17** ¶ Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. CHAPTER 2 **1** Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, **2** And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, _and_ thou heardest my voice. **3** For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. **4** Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. **5** The waters compassed me about, _even_ to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. **6** I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars _was_ about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. **7** When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. **8** They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. **9** But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay _that_ that I have vowed. Salvation _is_ of the LORD. **10** ¶ And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry _land_. CHAPTER 3 **1** And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, **2** Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. **3** So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. **4** And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. **5** ¶ So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. **6** For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered _him_ with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. **7** And he caused _it_ to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: **8** But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that _is_ in their hands. **9** Who can tell _if_ God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? **10** ¶ And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did _it_ not. CHAPTER 4 **1** But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. **2** And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, _was_ not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou _art_ a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. **3** Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for _it is_ better for me to die than to live. **4** ¶ Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? **5** So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. **6** And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made _it_ to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. **7** But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. **8** And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, _It is_ better for me to die than to live. **9** And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, _even_ unto death. **10** Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: **11** And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and _also_ much cattle?