THE FISH THAT CAUGHT A MAN

 

Jonah 1:1-17--2:1-10

1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai,

saying, 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 the LORD, 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 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 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 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 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 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 man's

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. 2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD

his God out of the fish's 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 closed me round about, the 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. 9 But I will

sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay

[that] that I have vowed. Salvation [is] of the LORD. 10 And the

LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry

[land]._


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