VIN(i) 1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah son of Amittai, saying: 2 "Get up! Go to the great city Nineveh and cry out against her, because their evil has come up before me." 3 But Jonah got up and fled from the LORD to Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, and secured passage on a ship bound for Tarshish. He paid the fare and boarded, intending to go with the mariners to Tarshish to escape from the LORD. 4 Then the LORD sent a great wind over the sea, and a severe storm broke out. It seemed as if the ship were about to break up. 5 And the sailors were afraid, and each man cried to his god. And they threw out the ship's articles into the sea, to lighten it off of them. But Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship; and he lay down, and was sound asleep. 6 So the captain came to him, and said: "Why are you sleeping? Get up and call on your god. Perhaps your god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish." 7 The sailors said to each other, "Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know whom to blame for this evil." So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. 8 Then they asked him, "Tell us, please, for whose cause this evil is on us. What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? Of what people are you?" 9 He replied: "I am Hebrew and I respect the LORD, the God of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land." 10 In mounting fear, the men asked him, "What have you done?" The men were aware that he was fleeing from the LORD, because he had admitted this to them. 11 Because the sea was growing more and more stormy, they asked him, "What must we do to you so the sea will calm down for us?" 12 He replied: "Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will be calm for you. I know that it is my fault the great storm came upon you." 13 But the men rowed hard to regain the land; but they could not; for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14 At last they cried out to the LORD, "Please, LORD, do not let us perish because of this man's life, and do not hold us responsible for innocent blood, because you, LORD, have done what pleased you." 15 So they took up Jonah, and threw him into the sea; and the sea ceased its raging. 16 Then the men feared the LORD greatly, offered a sacrifice to the LORD, and made vows. 17 And the LORD prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights