Fred Miller's Revised King James' Version

JONAH


CHAPTERS:  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]

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Jonah 1

1Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3But Jonah rose up to flee to Carthage from the presence of the LORD and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Carthage: so he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Carthage from the presence of the LORD.

4But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. 5Then the mariners were afraid and every man cried to his god and cast out the wares into the sea that were in the ship, to lighten it with them. But Jonah had gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay and was fast asleep. 6So the ship master came to him and said to him, What do you mean, O sleeper? arise, call on your God, if so be that God will think on us, so that we do not perish. 7And they said every one to his fellow, Come and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is on us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8Then they said to him, Tell us, we pray you, for whose cause this evil is on us; What is your occupation? and where do you come from? what is your country? and of what people are you? 9And he said to them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land. 10Then were the men exceedingly afraid and said to him, Why have you done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

11Then they said to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may be calm to us? for the sea wrought and was tempestuous. 12And he said to them, Take me up and cast me out into the sea; so the sea shall be calm to you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is on you. 13But the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea worked was raging and tempestuous. 14Therefore they cried to the LORD and said, We beseech you, O LORD, we beseech you, let us not perish for this man's life and do not lay on us innocent blood: for you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you. 15So they took up Jonah and cast him out into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. 16Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly and offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows. 17Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

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Chapter 2

1Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, 2And said, I cried to the LORD by reason of my affliction and he heard me; out of the belly of hades I cried, and you heard my voice. 3For you had cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all your billows and your waves passed over me. 4Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple. 5The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 6I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet you have brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. 7When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in to you, into your holy temple. 8Those who observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 9But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

10And the LORD spoke to the fish and it vomited out Jonah on the dry land.

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Chapter 3

1And the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city and preach to it the preaching that I bid you. 3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city of three days' journey. 4And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey and he cried and said, Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

5So the people of Nineveh believed God and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6For word came to the king of Nineveh and he arose from his throne and he laid his robe from him and covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. 7And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: 8But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth and cry mightily to God: yes, let them turn every one from his evil way and from the violence that is in their hands. 9Who can tell if God will turn and repent and turn away from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish? 10And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do to them; and he did not do it.

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Chapter 4

1But it displeased Jonah exceedingly and he was very angry. 2And he prayed to the LORD, and said, I pray you, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before to Carthage: for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness and repent of the evil. 3Therefore now, O LORD, I beseech you take my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4Then said the LORD, Do you do well to be angry?

5So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city and made him a booth there and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6And the LORD God prepared a gourd and made it come up over Jonah, so that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceedingly glad for the gourd. 7But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day and it struck the gourd so that it withered. 8And it came to pass, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on the head of Jonah, so that he fainted and wished in himself to die and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 9And God said to Jonah, Do you do well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even to death. 10Then said the LORD, You have had pity on the gourd, for which you have not labored, nor made it grow; which came up in a night and perished in a night: 11And should I not spare Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than sixty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

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