Selected Passages from Jonah
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.”But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD.But the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and such a mighty storm came upon the sea that the ship threatened to break up.The sailors said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, so that we may know on whose account this calamity has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
So they picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea; and the sea ceased from its raging.But the LORD provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish.
Then the LORD spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.
The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you. ”So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD.
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