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Jonah Chapter 1

Jonah 1:1 (NIV)

1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai:

Jonah 1:2 (CJB)-M

2 “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and proclaim to it that their wickedness has come to my attention.”

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3 But Jonah, in order to get away from the Lord, prepared to escape to Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, found a ship headed for Tarshish, paid the fare and went aboard, intending to travel with them to Tarshish and get away from the Lord.

Jonah 1:4 (NIV)

4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.

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5 The sailors were frightened, and each cried out to his god. They threw the cargo overboard to make the ship easier for them to control. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down below into the hold, where he lay, fast asleep.

Jonah 1:6 (NASB)

6 So the captain approached him and said, “How is it that you are sleeping? Get up, call on your god. Perhaps your god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish.”

Jonah 1:7 (NIV)

7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.

Jonah 1:8 (AMP)

8 Then they said to him, Tell us, we pray you, on whose account has this evil come upon us? What is your occupation? Where did you come from? And what is your country and nationality?

Jonah 1:9 (NIV)

9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”

Jonah 1:10 (AMP)

10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, What is this that you have done? For the men knew that he fled from being in the presence of the Lord [as His prophet and servant], because he had told them.

Jonah 1:11 (AMP)

11 Then they said to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may subside and be calm for us? For the sea became more and more [violently] tempestuous.

Jonah 1:12 (AMP)

12 And [Jonah] said to them, Take me up and cast me into the sea; so shall the sea become calm for you, for I know that it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.

Jonah 1:13 (AMP)

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring the ship to the land, but they could not, for the sea became more and more violent against them.

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14 Therefore they cried to the Lord, We beseech You, O Lord, we beseech You, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.

Jonah 1:15 (NASB)

15 So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.

Jonah 1:16 (AMP)

16 Then the men [reverently and worshipfully] feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

Jonah 1:17 (NASB)

17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah Chapter 2

Jonah 2:1 (NIV)

1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.

Jonah 2:2 (NIV)

2 He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.

Jonah 2:3 (NIV)

3 You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.

Jonah 2:4 (NIV)

4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

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5 The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

Jonah 2:6 (NIV)

6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God.

Jonah 2:7 (NIV)

7 “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

Jonah 2:8 (NIV)

8 “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.

Jonah 2:9 (NIV)

9 But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.”

Jonah 2:10 (NIV)

10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah Chapter 3

Jonah 3:1 (NIV)

1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time:

Jonah 3:2 (NIV)

2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

Jonah 3:3 (AMP)

3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city of three days’ journey [sixty miles in circumference].

Jonah 3:4 (AMP)

4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!

Jonah 3:5 (AMP)

5 So the people of Nineveh believed in God and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth [in penitent mourning], from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

Jonah 3:6 (AMP)

6 For word came to the king of Nineveh [of all that had happened to Jonah, and his terrifying message from God], and he arose from his throne and he laid his robe aside, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

Jonah 3:7 (NIV)

7 Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink.

Jonah 3:8 (NIV)

8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.

Jonah 3:9 (NIV)

9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

Jonah 3:10 (NIV)

10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.

Jonah Chapter 4

Jonah 4:1 (NIV)

1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.

Jonah 4:2 (NIV)

2 He prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

Jonah 4:3 (NIV)

3 Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

Jonah 4:4 (NIV)

4 But the Lord replied, “Have you any right to be angry?”

Jonah 4:5 (NIV)

5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

Jonah 4:6 (NIV)

6 Then the Lord God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.

Jonah 4:7 (NIV)

7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered.

Jonah 4:8 (NIV)

8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

Jonah 4:9 (NIV)

9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?” “I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.”

Jonah 4:10 (NIV)

10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.

Jonah 4:11 (NIV)

11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”

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