1Now the word of the Lord came to Jonas the son of Amathi, saying,
2Rise, and go to Nineve, the great city, and preach in it; for the cry of its wickedness is come up to me.
3But Jonas rose up to flee to Tharsis from the presence of the Lord. And he went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tharsis: and he paid his fare, and went up into it, to sail with them to Tharsis from the presence of the Lord.
4And the Lord raised up a wind on the sea; and there was a great storm on the sea, and the ship was in danger of being broken.
5And the sailors were alarmed, and cried every one to his god, and cast out the wares that were in the ship into the sea, that it might be lightened of them. But Jonas was gone down into the hold of the ship, and was asleep, and snored.
6And the shipmaster came to him, and said to him, Why snore you? arise, and call upon your God, that God may save us, and we perish not.
7And each man said to his neighbour, Come, let us cast lots, and find out for whose sake this mischief is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonas.
8And they said to him, Tell us what is your occupation, and whence come you, and of what country and what people are you?
9And he said to them, I am a servant of the Lord; and I worship the Lord God of heaven, who made the sea, and the dry land.
10Then the men feared exceedingly, and said to him, What is this that you have done? for the men knew that he was fleeing from the face of the Lord, because he had told them.
11And they said to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may be calm to us? for the sea rose, and lifted its wave exceedingly.
12And Jonas said to them, Take me up, and cast me into the sea, and the sea shall be calm to you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
13And the men tried hard to return to the land, and were not able: for the sea rose and grew more and more tempestuous against them.
14And they cried to the Lord, and said, Forbid it, Lord: let us not perish for the sake of this man's life, and bring not righteous blood upon us: for you, Lord, have done as you would.
15So they took Jonas, and cast him out into the sea: and the sea ceased from its raging.
16And the men feared the Lord very greatly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord, and vowed vows.