- The worde of the Lorde came vnto Ionas the sonne of Amittai, saying:
- Aryse, & go to Niniue that great citie, and crye against it: for their wickednesse is come vp before me.
- And Ionas rose vp to flee into Tharsis from the presence of the Lorde, and went downe to Ioppa, and founde a ship going to Tharsis: so he payed his fare, and went downe into it, that he might go with them vnto Tharsis from the presence of the Lorde.
- But the Lorde sent out a great winde into the sea, and there was a mightie tempest in the sea, so that the shippe was in daunger of splitting in sunder.
- Then the maryners were afrayde, and cryed euery man vnto his God, and cast the wares that were in the shippe into the sea, to lighten it of them: but Ionas was gone downe into the sides of the shippe, & he laye downe sleeping.
- And the shippe maister came to him, and saide: What meanest thou sleeper?
Up, and call vpon thy God, if so be that God wyl shine vnto vs, that we perishe not.
- And they saide euery one to his felow, Come, let vs cast lottes: that we may know for whose cause this euil is on vs.
And they cast lottes: and the lotte fel on Ionas.
- Then saide they vnto him: Tell vs for whose cause is this euill come vpon vs?
what is thyne occupation?
whence camest thou?
what countrey man art thou, and of what nation?
- And he aunswered them: I am an Hebrue, and I feare the Lorde God of heauen, which hath made the sea, and the drye lande.
- Then were the men exceedingly afraide, & saide vnto him: Why hast thou done this?
(for the men knewe that he fled from the presence of the Lorde, because he had tolde them.)
- And they saide vnto him: What shal we do vnto thee, that the sea may be calme vnto vs?
For the sea wrought and was troublous.
- And he saide vnto them, Take me, and cast me into the sea, and the sea shalbe calme vnto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is vpon you.
- Neuerthelesse, the men assayed with rowing to bring the shippe to lande, but they could not, because the sea wrought, and was troublous against them.
- Wherfore they cryed vnto the Lorde, and saide: We beseche thee O Lord, we beseche thee, let not vs perishe for this mans lyfe, and lay not to our charge innocent blood: for thou O Lorde hast done as it pleased thee.
- So they toke vp Ionas, and cast him into the sea, and the sea left raging.
- And the men feared the Lorde exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice vnto the Lorde, and made vowes.
- And the Lorde prepared a great fishe to swalowe vp Ionas: & Ionas was in the belly of the fishe three dayes and three nightes.