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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Jonah 1:1-17

1  And the word of Jehovah began to occur to Jo′nah+ the son of A·mit′tai, saying:  “Get up, go to Nin′e·veh+ the great city, and proclaim against her that their badness has come up before me.”+  And Jo′nah proceeded to get up and run away to Tar′shish+ from before Jehovah;+ and he finally came down to Jop′pa*+ and found a ship going to Tar′shish. So he paid its fare and went down into it, in order to go with them to Tar′shish from before Jehovah.  And Jehovah himself hurled forth a great wind* at the sea,+ and there came to be a great tempest+ on the sea; and as for the ship, it was about to be wrecked.  And the mariners began to fear and to call for aid, each one to his god.*+ And they kept hurling out the articles that were in the ship to the sea, in order to lighten [it] of them.+ But Jo′nah himself had gone down to the innermost parts of the decked vessel, and he proceeded to lie down and go fast asleep.+  At length the ship captain* came near to him and said to him: “What is the matter with you, sleeper? Get up, call out to your god!*+ Perhaps the [true] God* will show himself caring about us, and we shall not perish.”+  And they began to say to one another: “Come, and let us cast lots,+ that we may know on whose account we have this calamity.”+ And they kept casting lots, and finally the lot fell upon Jo′nah.+  So they said to him: “Do tell us, please, on whose account it is that we are having this calamity?+ What is your work, and from where do you come? What is your country, and from which people are you?”  At that he said to them: “I am a Hebrew,+ and Jehovah the God of the heavens+ I am fearing,+ the One who made the sea and the dry land.”+ 10  And the men* began to fear greatly, and they went on to say to him: “What is this that you have done?”+ For the men had come to know that it was from before Jehovah that he was running away, because he had told them. 11  Finally they said to him: “What should we do to you,+ in order that the sea may become still for us?” For the sea was continually growing more tempestuous. 12  So he said to them: “Lift me up and hurl me into the sea, and the sea will become still for YOU; because I am aware that it is on my account that this great tempest is upon YOU.”+ 13  But the men tried to work their way through, in order to bring [the ship] back to the dry land; yet they were unable, because the sea was continually growing more tempestuous against them.+ 14  And they proceeded to call out to Jehovah and to say:+ “Ah, now, O Jehovah, may we, please, not perish because of the soul* of this man! And do not put upon us innocent blood,+ since you yourself, O Jehovah, have done according to what you have delighted in!”+ 15  Then they lifted up Jo′nah and hurled him into the sea; and the sea began to halt from its raging.+ 16  At that the men began to fear Jehovah greatly,+ and so they offered a sacrifice to Jehovah+ and made vows.+ 17*  Now Jehovah appointed a great fish* to swallow Jo′nah,+ so that Jo′nah came to be in the inward parts of the fish three days and three nights.+


“Joppa.” Heb., Ya·phoh′; Gr., I·op′pen; Lat., Iop′pen.
“Wind.” Heb., ru′ach; Gr., pneu′ma; Lat., ven′tum. See Ge 1:2 ftn, “Force.”
“His god.” Heb., ʼelo·hav′; Gr., the·on′; Lat., de′um.
Lit., “the principal one of the sailors.”
“Your god!” Heb., ʼelo·hey′kha; Gr., the·on′; Lat., de′um.
“The [true] God.” Heb., ha·ʼElo·him′. See App 1F.
“The men.” Heb., ha·ʼana·shim′, pl. of ʼish.
“Because of the soul.” Heb., bene′phesh; Gr., psy·khes′; Lat., a′ni·ma. See App 4A.
MLXXVg begin chap. 2 here.
“Fish.” Heb., dagh; Gr., ke′tei, “sea monster; huge fish”; Lat., pi′scem.