Chapter One

  1. NOW THE WORD of the ⟨Lord⟩ came un­to Jonah the son of A-‍mit‍‍-‍tai, saying,
  2. Arise, go to Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wick­ed­ness is come up be­fore me.
  3. But Jo­nah rose up to flee un­to Tar‍‍-‍shish from the pres­ence of the ⟨Lord⟩, and went down to Jop‍‍-‍pa; and he found a ship go­ing to Tar‍‍-‍shish: so he paid the fare there­of, and went down in­to it, to go with them un­to Tar‍‍-‍shish from the pres­ence of the ⟨Lord⟩.
  4. But the ⟨Lord⟩ sent out a great wind in­to the sea, and there was a migh­ty tem­pest in the sea, so that the ship was like­(ly) to be broken.
  5. Then the mar­i­ners were afraid, and cried ev­ery man un­to his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship, to light­en it of them. But Jo­nah was gone down in­to the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
  6. So the ship­mas­ter came to him, and said un­to him, What mean­est thou, O‍ ‍sleep­er? arise, call up­on thy ⟨God⟩, if so be that ⟨God⟩ will think up­on us, that we per­ish not.
  7. And they said ev­ery one to his fel­low, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is up­on us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell up­on Jonah.
  8. Then said they un­to him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is up­on us; What is thine oc­cu­pa­tion? and whence com­est thou? what is thy coun­try? and of what peo­ple art thou?
  9. And he said un­to them, I am an He­brew; and I fear the ⟨Lord⟩, the ⟨God⟩ of‍ ‍(the third) heav­en, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
  10. Then were the men ex­ceed­ing­ly afraid, and said un­to him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the pres­ence of the ⟨Lord⟩, be­cause he had told them.
  11. Then said they un­to him, What shall we do un­to thee, that the sea may be calm un­to us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.
  12. And he said un­to them, Take me up, and cast me forth in­to the sea; so shall the sea be calm un­to you: for I know that for my sake this great tem­pest is up­on you.
  13. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tem­pest­u­ous against them.
  14. Wherefore they cried un­to the ⟨Lord⟩, and said, We be­seech thee, O‍ ‍⟨Lord⟩, we be­seech thee, let us not per­ish for this mans life, and lay not up­on us in­no­cent blood: for thou, O‍ ‍⟨Lord⟩, hast done as it pleased thee.
  15. So they took up Jo­nah, and cast him forth in­to the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
  16. Then the men feared the ⟨Lord⟩ ex­ceed­ing­ly, and of­fered a sac­ri­fice un­to the ⟨Lord⟩, and made vows.
  17. Now the ⟨Lord⟩ had pre­pared a great fish to swal­low up Jo­nah. And Jo­nah was in the bel­ly of the fish three days and three nights.
Chapter Two
  1. THEN JONAH PRAYED un­to the ⟨Lord⟩ his ⟨God⟩ out of the fishs belly,
  2. And said, I cried by rea­son of mine af­flic­tion un­to the ⟨Lord⟩, and he heard me; out of the bel­ly of hell cried I, and thou heard­est my voice.
  3. For thou hadst cast me in­to the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods com­passed me about: all thy bil­lows and thy waves passed over me.
  4. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again to­ward thy holy temple.
  5. The wa­ters com­passed me about, even to the soul: the depth‍ ‍(enclosed me round about, the‍ ‍(sea)­weeds were wrapped about my head.
  6. I went down to the bot­toms of the moun­tains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from cor­rup­tion, O‍ ‍⟨Lord⟩ my ⟨God⟩.
  7. When my soul faint­ed with­in me I re­mem­bered the ⟨Lord⟩: and my pray­er came in un­to thee, in­to thine holy temple.
  8. ⟨•They that ob­serve ly­ing van­i­ties for­sake their own mercy.•⟩[]

  1. But I will sac­ri­fice un­to thee with the voice of thanks­giv­ing; I will pay that that I have vowed. Sal­va­tion is of the ⟨Lord⟩.
  2. And the ⟨Lord⟩ spake un­to the fish, and it vom­it­ed out Jo­nah up­on the dry land.
Chapter Three
  1. AND THE WORD of the ⟨Lord⟩ came un­to Jo­nah the sec­ond time, saying,
  2. Arise, go un­to Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh that great city, and preach un­to it the preach­ing that I bid thee.
  3. So Jo­nah arose, and went un­to Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh, ac­cord­ing to the word of the ⟨Lord⟩. Now Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh was an ex­ceed­ing great city of three days’ journey (in di­am­et­er).
  4. And Jo­nah be­gan to en­ter in­to the city‍ ‍(af­ter) a days jour­ney, and he cried, and said, Yet for­ty days, and Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh shall be overthrown.
  5. So the peo­ple of Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh be­lieved ⟨God⟩, and pro­claimed a fast, and put on sack­cloth, from the great­est of them even to to the least of them.
  6. For word came un­to the king of Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and cov­ered him­(self‍ ‍) with sack­cloth, and sat in ashes.
  7. And he caused it to be pro­claimed and pub­lished through­(out) Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh by the de­cree of the king and his no­bles, say­ing, Let nei­ther man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
  8. But let man and beast be cov­ered with sack­cloth, and cry migh­ti­ly un­to ⟨God⟩: yea, let them turn ev­ery one from his evil way, and from the vio­lence that is in their hands.
  9. Who can tell if ⟨God⟩ will turn and re­pent, and turn away from his fierce an­ger that we per­ish not?
  10. And ⟨God⟩ saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and ⟨God⟩ re­pent­ed of the evil, that he had said he would do un­to them; and he did it not.
Chapter Four
  1. BUT IT DISPLEASED Jo­nah ex­ceed­ing­ly, and he was very an­gry,
  2. And he prayed un­to the ⟨Lord⟩, and said, I pray thee, O‍ ‍⟨Lord⟩, was not this my say­ing, when I was yet in my coun­try? There­fore I fled be­fore un­to Tar‍‍-‍shish: for I knew that thou art a gra­cious ⟨God⟩, and mer­ci­ful, slow to an­ger, and of great kind­ness, and re­pent­est thee of the evil.
  3. Therefore now, O‍ ‍⟨Lord⟩, take, I be­seech thee, my life from me; for it is bet­ter for me to die than to live.
  4. Then said the ⟨Lord⟩, Do­est thou well to be angry?
  5. So Jo­nah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat un­der it in the shad­ow, till he might see what would be­come of the city.
  6. And the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨God⟩ pre­pared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jo­nah, that it might be a shad­ow over his head, to de­liv­er him from his grief. So Jo­nah was ex­ceed­ing glad of the gourd.
  7. But ⟨God⟩ pre­pared a worm when the morn­ing rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
  8. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that ⟨God⟩ pre­pared a ve­he­ment east wind; and the sun beat up­on the head of Jo­nah, that he faint­ed, and wished in him­self to die, and said, It is bet­ter for me to die than to live.
  9. And ⟨God⟩ said to Jo­nah, Do­est thou well to be an­gry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be an­gry, even un­to death.
  10. Then said the ⟨Lord⟩, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not la­boured, nei­ther mad­est it grow; which came up in a night, and per­ished in a night:
  11. And should not I not spare Nin‍‍-‍e-‍veh, that great city, where­in are more than six­score thou­sand per­sons that can­not dis­cern be­tween their right hand and their left hand; and al­so‍ ‍(with) much cattle?
"precept upon precept; line upon line" . . . - For knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail, but understanding remaineth (if gained from the former).