Then the word of Yăhwēh came to Yonah son of Amittai saying, 1:2“Rise, go to Neenvæh, the great city, and preach against it, because their evil has come up before my face.”
3Then Yonah rose to flee to Tarsheesh from before the face of Yăhwēh. Then, he went down to Yafo, and then he found a ship going to Tarsheesh; then he paid the fare; then he went down into it to go with them to Tarsheesh away from the face of Yăhwēh.
4But Yăhwēh had hurled a great wind onto the sea. Thus, there was a mighty storm on the sea. And the ship had been thinking to break itself up. 5Then the seamen were afraid; then they cried out, each to his gods; then they cast the cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Yonah had gone down into the hold of the vessel; then he laid down; then he went fast asleep.
6Then the captain came near. Then, he said to him, “How can you be sleeping? Rise, call to your god! Perhaps the gods will take note of us, and we will not perish!” 7Then they said each one to his neighbor, “Come, and let us cast lots; and let us know concerning who it is that this evil is unto us.” Then they let the lots fall. Then the lot fell on Yonah. 8Then they said to him, “Tell us please on what account, and concerning who is this evil unto us? What is your occupation, and from where do you come? What is your land, and of what people are you?”
9Then he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear Yăhwēh Almĭghty of the heavens, who has made the sea, and the dry land.” 10Then the men feared a great fear. Then they said to him, “What is this that you have done?” For the men had known that he was fleeing from before the face of Yăhwēh since he had told it to them. 11Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you that the sea may calm down for us, because the sea is tossing about and stormy?”
12Then he said to them, “Lift me up, and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will calm down for you. For I know that because of me this great storm is upon you.” 13Then the men rowed to return to dry ¹land, but they were not able, because the sea was tossing about and stormy against them.
14Then they called out to Yăhwēh. Then, they said “Please now Yăhwēh, please do not let us perish for the soul of this man, and may you not put on us innocent blood. For you Yăhwēh have done according to what you have pleased.” 15Then they lifted up Yonah; then they threw him into the sea. Then the sea stood fast from its raging.
16Then the men feared Yăhwēh a great fear; then they sacrificed to Yăhwēh. Then they vowed vows.
17Then Yăhwēh appointed a great fish to swallow Yonah. Then Yonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Then, Yonah prayed to Yăhwēh his Almĭghty from the belly of the fish. 2:2Then, he said, “I had called out to Yăhwēh in my distress; then he answered me. From the womb of the grave I had cried for help. You had heard my voice. 3Thus, You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas. And the current went all around me. All your breakers and your waves had crossed over me.”
4“And I, I had said, ‘I have been driven out from before your eyes, but let me again look to your holy temple.’ 5The waters had encompassed me up to the point of taking my breath. The deep surrounded me. Seaweed was bound to my head. 6Unto the crevasses of the mountains I had descended, the earth with its bars shut behind me forever. Then you made my life ascend from the pit, Yăhwēh my Almĭghty. 7When faintness was on me, in my breath of life, I had remembered Yăhwēh. Then my prayer came to you, to your holy temple.”
8“Those keeping watch over worthless idols reject their own mercy. 9But I with a voice of thanksgiving, I desire to sacrifice to you; what I have vowed, I wish to repay. Salvation belongs to Yăhwēh.”
10Then Yăhwēh spoke to the fish. Then it vomited Yonah onto the dry land.
Then the word of Yăhwēh came to Yonah a second time, saying, 3:2“Rise, go to Neenvæh, the great city. And proclaim to it the proclamation which I am telling you.” 3Then Yonah rose. Then he went to Neenvæh according to the word of Yăhwēh. And Neenvæh had been a great city of ¹gods, a walk of three days.
4Then Yonah began to go into the city, a walk of one day. Then, he called out. Then, he said, “Yet forty days and Neenvæh is overturned!”
5Thus, the men of Neenvæh placed their faithful support in the Almĭghty: Then they proclaimed a fast. Then they put on sackcloths from the greatest of them even onward to the least of them. 6Then the word struck the king of Neenvæh. Then he rose up from his throne. Then he made his robe pass from on him. Then he covered himself with a sackcloth; then he sat down in the ashes.
7Then he cried out. Then, he said in Neenvæh, “By decree of the king and his nobles,” saying, “Let not man nor beast, cattle nor flock, taste anything nor graze, and let them drink no water. 8And let man and beast cover themselves in sackcloths, and let them call out to the Almĭghty earnestly. And let each one turn from his evil way, and from the violence which is in their hands.”
9“Who knows? The Almĭghty may turn and will have been grieved, and will have turned from his burning anger, and we may not perish.”
10Then the Almĭghty saw their works, that they had turned from their evil ways. Then the Almĭghty was grieved concerning the calamity that he had spoken to do to them, and he had not acted.
Then, it was evil to Yonah, a great evil. Then, he was angered by it. 4:2Then he prayed to Yăhwēh. Then, he said, “Please no, Yăhwēh! Was this not my word while I was still in my country? Therefore, I had gone before to flee to Tarsheesh, because I have known that you are a gracious Gŏd, and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness, and grieving over calamity. 3And now Yăhwēh, please take my life breath from me, because it is better for me to die than to live.”
4Then Yăhwēh said, “Is it good that you have become angry?” 5Then Yonah went out from the city. Then he sat down on the east side of the city. Then he made for himself a booth there. Then he sat under its shade until he should see what would happen in the city.
6Then, Yăhwēh Almĭghty appointed a vine. Then, he made it go up over Yonah, to be a shade over his head, to save him from his evil. Then Yonah rejoiced over the vine with great rejoicing.
7Then the Almĭghty appointed a worm to come at the ascending of dawn, when the next day began. Then it struck the vine. Then it dried up. 8Then it was, as the sun rose, that the Almĭghty appointed a scorching east wind. Then the sun beat down upon Yonah’s head. Then he was faint. Then he asked his soul to die. Then he said, “My death is better than my life.”
9Then the Almĭghty says to Yonah,“Is it good that you have become angry about the vine?” Then he says, “Good enough it has angered me! Good enough to be angry enough to die!”
10Then Yăhwēh said, “You have had compassion for the vine, when you have not laboured over it, and you have not made it grow, since it had been the son of a night, and the son of a night it had perished. 11And I, may I not take pity over Neenvæh, the great city, when there are in it a great many, more than 120,000 men who have not known the difference between their right hand and their left hand, and many cattle?”