The Enfolded Book of Jonah

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Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4

Chapter 1

1.1 Now the word of the Lord LORD came to Jonas, unto Jonah the son of Amathi, saying: Amittai, saying,

1.2 Arise and Arise, go to Ninive, the Nineveh, that great city, and preach in it: For the cry against it; for their wickedness thereof is come up before me.

1.3 And Jonas But Jonah rose up to flee into Tharsis unto Tarshish from the face presence of the Lord, LORD, and he went down to Joppe, Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tharsis: and Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them to Tharsis unto Tarshish from the face presence of the Lord, LORD.

1.4 But the Lord LORD sent out a great wind to into the sea: sea, and there was a great mighty tempest was raised in the sea, and so that the ship was in danger like to be broken.

1.5 And Then the mariners were afraid, and the men cried to their god: every man unto his god, and they cast forth the wares that were in the ship, ship into the sea, to lighten it of them: and Jonas went them. But Jonah was gone down into the inner part sides of the ship, ship; and fell into a deep sleep. he lay, and was fast asleep.

1.6 And So the ship master shipmaster came to him him, and said to him: Why art thou fast asleep? rise up unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think of us upon us, that we may not perish. perish not.

1.7 And they said every one to his fellow: Come fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know why for whose cause this evil is upon us. And So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonas. Jonah.

1.8 And they Then said to him: they unto him, Tell us us, we pray thee, for what whose cause this evil is upon us, us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy business? of what country art thou? country? and whither goest thou? or of what people art thou?

1.9 And he said to them: unto them, I am a Hebrew, an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, and LORD, the God of heaven, who which hath made both the sea and the dry land.

1.10 And Then were the men were greatly exceedingly afraid, and they said to him: unto him. Why hast thou done this? (For For the men knew that he fled from the face presence of the Lord: LORD, because he had told them.) them.

1.11 And they Then said to him: they unto him, What shall we do with unto thee, that the sea may be calm to unto us? for the sea flowed wrought, and swelled. was tempestuous.

1.12 And he said to them: take unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea, and sea; so shall the sea shall be calm to unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

1.13 And Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return bring it to the land, land; but they were not able: because could not: for the sea tossed wrought, and swelled upon was tempestuous against them.

1.14 And Wherefore they cried to unto the Lord, LORD, and said: said, We beseech thee, O Lord LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, oh Lord, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.

1.15 And So they took Jonas, look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea, sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

1.16 And Then the men feared the Lord LORD exceedingly, and sacrificed victims to offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, LORD, and made vows.

1.17 Now the Lord LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonas: and Jonas Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of a the fish for three days and three nights.

Chapter 2

2.1 And Jonas Then Jonah prayed to unto the Lord, LORD his God, God out of the belly of the fish. fish's belly,

2.2 And he said: said, I cried out by reason of my mine affliction to unto the Lord, LORD, and he heard me: I cried me; out of the belly of hell, hell cried I, and thou hast heard heardest my voice.

2.3 And For thou hast hadst cast me forth into the deep, in the heart midst of the sea, seas; and a flood hast the floods compassed me: me about: all thy billows, billows and thy waves have passed over me.

2.4 And Then I said: said, I am cast away out of the sight of thy eyes: but sight; yet I shall see the will look again toward thy holy temple again. temple.

2.5 The waters compassed me about about, even to the soul: the deep hath depth closed me round about, the sea hath covered weeds were wrapped about my head.

2.6 I went down to the lowest parts bottoms of the mountains: the bars of mountains; the earth have shut with her bars was about me up for ever: and yet hast thou wilt bring brought up my life from corruption, O Lord, LORD my God.

2.7 When my soul was in distress fainted within me, me I remembered the Lord: that LORD: and my prayer may come to thee, came in unto the thee, into thine holy temple.

2.8 They that in vain observe vanities, lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

2.9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of praise will sacrifice to thee: thanksgiving; I will pay whatsoever that that I have vowed for my salvation to vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. LORD.

2.10 And the Lord spoke to LORD spake unto the fish: fish, and it vomited out Jonas Jonah upon the dry land.

Chapter 3

3.1 And the word of the Lord LORD came to Jonas unto Jonah the second time saying: time, saying,

3.2 Arise, and go to Ninive, the unto Nineveh, that great city: city, and preach in unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

3.3 And Jonas So Jonah arose, and went to Ninive, unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord: now Ninive LORD. Now Nineveh was a an exceeding great city of three days' journey.

3.4 And Jonas Jonah began to enter into the city one a day's journey: journey, and he cried cried, and said: said, Yet forty days days, and Ninive Nineveh shall be destroyed. overthrown.

3.5 And So the men people of Ninive Nineveh believed in God: God, and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least. least of them.

3.6 And the For word came to unto the king of Ninive: Nineveh, and he rose up out of arose from his throne, and cast away he laid his robe from him, and was clothed in covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

3.7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published in Ninive, from through Nineveh by the mouth decree of the king and of his princes, saying: nobles, saying, Let neither men man nor beasts, oxen, beast, herd nor sheep flock, taste anything: any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water. water:

3.8 And But let men man and beasts beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry to the Lord with all their strength, and mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the iniquity violence that is in their hands.

3.9 Who can tell if God will turn, turn and forgive: repent, and will turn away from his fierce anger, and that we shall not perish? perish not?

3.10 And God saw their works, that they were turned from their evil way: way; and God had mercy with regard to repented of the evil which evil, that he had said that he would do to them, unto them; and he did it not.

Chapter 4

4.1 And Jonas was exceedingly troubled, But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry: very angry.

4.2 And he prayed to unto the Lord, LORD, and said: said, I beseech pray thee, O Lord, is LORD, was not this what I said, my saying, when I was yet in my own country? therefore Therefore I went fled before to flee into Tharsis: unto Tarshish: for I know knew that thou art a gracious and merciful God, patient, and merciful, slow to anger, and of much compassion, great kindness, and easy to forgive repentest thee of the evil.

4.3 And Therefore now, O Lord, LORD, take, I beseech thee take thee, my life from me: me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

4.4 And Then said the Lord said: Dost thou think LORD, Doest thou hast reason well to be angry?

4.5 Then Jonas So Jonah went out of the city, and sat toward on the east side of the city: city, and he there made himself him a booth there, booth, and he sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would befall become of the city.

4.6 And the Lord LORD God prepared an ivy, a gourd, and made it came to come up over the head of Jonas, to Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, and to cover deliver him (for he was fatigued): and Jonas from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the ivy. gourd.

4.7 But God prepared a worm, worm when the morning arose on rose the following day: next day, and it struck smote the ivy and gourd that it withered.

4.8 And it came to pass, when the sun was risen, the Lord commanded did arise, that God prepared a hot and burning wind: vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonas, and he broiled with the heat: and he desired for his soul Jonah, that he might fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said: said, It is better for me to die than to live.

4.9 And the Lord God said to Jonas: Dost thou think Jonah, Doest thou hast reason well to be angry, angry for the ivy? gourd? And he said: said, I am angry with reason do well to be angry, even unto death.

4.10 And Then said the Lord said: LORD, Thou art grieved for hast had pity on the ivy, gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, nor made neither madest it to grow, grow; which in one night came up, up in a night, and perished in one night perished. a night:

4.11 And shall I should not I spare Ninive, Nineveh, that great city, in which there wherein are more than a hundred and twenty then sixscore thousand persons, persons that know how to distinguish cannot discern between their right hand and their left, left hand; and many beasts? also much cattle?