Accessibility setting


Select language

Skip to secondary menu

Skip to table of contents

Skip to content

Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible

The Bible in Living English

Jonah 1:1-17

1  And Jehovah’s word came to Jonah the son of Amittai, 2*  “Go off to the great city Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me”; 3  and Jonah stood up to get away to Spain out of Jehovah’s presence, and went down to Joppa and found a ship sailing for Spain, and paid his fare and went aboard to sail with them to Spain out of Jehovah’s presence. 4*  But Jehovah launched a great wind over the sea, and there came very rough weather on the sea, and the ship was ready to be wrecked; 5  and the sailors were afraid, and each cried to his god, and flung into the sea the things they had in the ship, to have it be easier on them; but Jonah had gone down into the hold and lain down and was fast asleep. 6*  And the captain came where he was and said to him “What are you about, fast asleep? get up and call out to your god, maybe the god will have some consideration for us and we shall not be lost.” 7  And they said to each other “Come on, let us cast lots and know on whose account we are having this bad luck”; and they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8*  And they said to him “Please tell us what errand you are on and where you are going from, what country you are from and what people you belong to.” 9  And he said to them “I am a Hebrew, and revere Jehovah, the god of the heavens, who made the sea and the land.” 10  And the men were in great fear, and said to him “What is this you have done?” because the men knew he was trying to get away out of Jehovah’s presence, because he had told them. 11  And they said to him “What are we to do to you to have the sea calm down?” because the sea was getting stormier and stormier. 12  And he said to them “Pick me up and fling me into the sea to have the sea calm down; for I know it is on my account you are having this great storm.” 13  And the men rowed to get back to land, but could not, because the sea was getting stormier and stormier against them. 14  And they called out to Jehovah “Please, Jehovah, may we not perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with shedding innocent blood, because you, Jehovah, did as you preferred”; 15  and they picked Jonah up and flung him into the sea, and the sea stopped raging. 16  And the men conceived a great fear of Jehovah, and made a sacrifice to Jehovah and made vows. 17  And Jehovah provided a great fish to swallow Jonah; and Jonah was in the fish’s stomach three days and three nights.


1:2 Or that its
1:4 Lit. wind at the sea
1:6 Or boatswain
1:8 Codd. tell us on whose account we are having this bad luck, what