Based on the Authorised Version (King James) with the words "God" and "LORD"
restored to their original words, and various words
(thee, thine, shouldest, crieth, didst, etc) and
constructions (them that, etc) modernized.
1 Now the word of YHWH came unto Jonah the son of Amittai,
2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for
their wickedness is come up before me.
3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto
Tarshish from the presence of YHWH, and went down to Joppa; and he found a
ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to
go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of YHWH.
4 But YHWH
sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea,
so that the ship was like to be broken.
5 Then the mariners were afraid, and
cried every man unto his elohim, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship
into the sea, 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 means you, O sleeper? arise, call upon your Elohim, if
so be that Elohim 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 you, for whose cause this evil
is upon us; What is your occupation? and whence come you? what is your
country? and of what people are you?
9 And he said unto them, I am a
Hebrew; and I fear YHWH, the Elohim of heaven, who has made the sea and
the dry land.
10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him,
Why have you done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of
YHWH, because he had told them.
11 Then said they unto him, What shall
we do unto you, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and
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
14 Wherefore they cried unto YHWH, and said, We beseech
you, O YHWH, we beseech you, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay
not upon us innocent blood: for you, O YHWH, have done as it pleased you.
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 YHWH exceedingly, and
offered a sacrifice unto YHWH, and made vows.
17 Now YHWH had
prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the
fish three days and three nights.
1 Then Jonah prayed unto YHWH his
Elohim out of the fish's belly,
2 And said, I cried by reason of my
affliction unto YHWH, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I,
and you heard my voice.
3 For you had cast me into the deep, in the
midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all your billows and your
waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will
look again toward your holy temple.
5 The waters compassed me about, even to
the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars
was about me for ever: yet have you brought up my life from corruption, O
YHWH my Elohim.
7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered YHWH: and my
prayer came in unto you, into your holy temple.
8 They who observe lying
vanities forsake their own mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice unto you with the
voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that which I have vowed. Salvation is of YHWH.
10 And YHWH spoke unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the
1 And the word of YHWH came unto Jonah the second time,
2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the
preaching that I bid you.
3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh,
according to the word of YHWH. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of
three days' journey.
4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's
journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be
5 So the people of Nineveh believed Elohim, and proclaimed a fast,
and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and
he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh 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 Elohim: yes, let them
turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their
9 Who can tell if Elohim will turn and repent, and turn away from his
fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And Elohim saw their works, that they
turned from their evil way; and Elohim repented of the evil, that he had said
that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
1 But it displeased Jonah
exceedingly, and he was very angry.
2 And he prayed unto YHWH, and said,
I pray you, O YHWH, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country?
Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that you are a gracious
El, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repent you of
3 Therefore now, O YHWH, take, I beseech you, my life from me;
for it is better for me to die than to live.
4 Then said YHWH, Do
you 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 YHWH Elohim 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 Elohim 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 Elohim 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 Elohim said to Jonah, Do you well to be
angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
10 Then said YHWH, You have had pity on the gourd, for which you
have not laboured, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and
perished in a night:
11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city,
wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons who cannot discern between
their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
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