Jonah Sent to Nineveh, Flees to Tarshish
1Now the word of the Lord came to Jonas the son of Amathi, saying: 2Arise, and go to Ninive the great city, and preach in it: for the wickedness thereof is come up before me. 3And Jonas rose up to flee into Tharsis from the face of the Lord, and he went down to Joppe, and found a ship going to Tharsis: and he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them to Tharsis from the face of the Lord.
The Great Storm
4But the Lord sent a great wind into the sea: and a great tempest was raised in the sea, and the ship was in danger to be broken. 5And the mariners were afraid, and the men cried to their god: and they cast forth the wares that were in the ship, into the sea, to lighten it of them: and Jones went down into the inner part of the ship, and fell into a deep sleep. 6And the shipmaster came to him, and said to him: Why art thou fast asleep? rise up, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think of us, that we may not perish.
7And they said every one to his fellow: Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know why this evil is upon us. And they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonas. 8And they said to him: Tell us for what cause this evil is upon us, what is thy business? of what country art thou? and whither goest thou? or of what people art thou? 9And he said to them: I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord the God of heaven, who made both the sea and the dry land.
10And the men were greatly afraid, and they said to him: Why hast thou done this? (for the men knew that he fled from the face of the Lord: because he had told them.)
Jonah Cast Into the Sea and Swallowed
11And they said to him: What shall we do to thee, that the sea may be calm to us? for the sea flowed and swelled. 12And he 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 rowed hard to return to land, but they were not able: because the sea tossed and swelled upon them. 14And they cried to the Lord, and said: We beseech thee, O Lord, 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.
17Now the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonas: and Jonas was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.