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Jonah

T he word of the Lord came to Jo nah son of Amit tai : “ Go to the great city of Nin e veh and preach against it , be cause its wick edness has come up be fore me .”

But Jo nah ran away from the Lord and head ed for Tar shish . He went down to Jop pa , where he found a ship bound for that port . Af ter pay ing the fare , he went aboard and sailed for Tar shish to flee from the Lord .
Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea , and such a vi o­ lent storm arose that the ship threat ened to break up . All the sail ors were afraid and each cried out to his own god . And they threw the car go into the sea to light en the ship .
But Jo nah had gone be low deck , where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep . The cap tain went to him and said , “ How can you sleep ? Get up and call on your god ! May be he will take no tice of us so that we will not per ish .”
Then the sail ors said to each oth er , “ Come , let us cast lots to find out who is re spon si ble for this ca lam i ty .” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jo nah . So they asked him , “ Tell us , who is re sponsi ble for mak ing all this trou ble for us ? What kind of work do you do ? Where do you come from ? What is your coun try ? From what people are you ?”
He an swered , “ I am a He brew and I wor ship the Lord , the God of heav en , who made the sea and the dry land .”
This ter ri fied them and they asked , “ What have you done ?” ( They knew he was run ning away from the Lord , be cause he had al ready told them so .)
The sea was get ting rough er and rough er . So they asked him , “ What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us ?”
“ Pick me up and throw me into the sea ,” he re plied , “ and it will be come calm . I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you .”
In stead , the men did their best to row back to land . But they could not , for the sea grew even wild er than be fore . Then they cried out to the Lord , “ Please , Lord , do not let us die for tak ing this man ’ s life . Do not hold us ac count able for kill ing an in no cent man , for
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Jona h T he word of the Lord came to Jo­nah son of Amit­tai: “Go to the g ­ reat city of Nin­e­veh and ­preach a ­ gainst it, be­cause its wick­ed­ ness has come up be­fore me.” But Jo­nah ran away from the Lord and head­ed for Tar­shish. He went down to Jop­pa, ­where he ­found a ship ­bound for that port. Af­ter pay­ing the fare, he went a ­ board and s ­ ailed for Tar­shish to flee from the Lord. Then the Lord sent a ­g reat wind on the sea, and such a vi­o­ lent ­storm ­arose that the ship threat­ened to ­break up. All the sail­ors were ­afraid and each c ­ ried out to his own god. And they t ­ hrew the car­go into the sea to light­en the ship. But Jo­nah had gone be­low deck, ­where he lay down and fell into a deep ­sleep. The cap­tain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! May­be he will take no­tice of us so that we will not per­ish.” 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. So they ­asked him, “Tell us, who is re­spon­ si­ble for mak­ing all this trou­ble for us? What kind of work do you do? ­W here do you come from? What is your coun­try? From what peo­ple are you?” He an­swered, “I am a He­brew and I wor­ship the Lord, the God of heav­en, who made the sea and the dry land.” This ter­r i­f ied them and they a ­ sked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was run­ning away from the Lord, be­cause he had al­ready told them so.) The sea was get­ting rough­er and rough­er. So they ­asked him, “What s ­ hould we do to you to make the XH[Hۈܰ\'B'XYH\[0HYH[HXK8'HHp\YY 8'[][pXYH[KHۛ]]\^H0Y][]\0YX]0HܛH\˜YH\ۈ[K'B[\XY HY[Y0HZ\\X[ ]^B[ ܈HXHܙ]][[0Y\[pYܙK[^H0XܚYY]Hܙ 8'X\Kܙ ]\YH܈ZZ[\BH[&\›YK\XX[0XXH܈[0Z[[[[X[X[܂Nx$NM