1 Now the word of the LORD came to a Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 "Arise, go to b Nineveh, that c great city, and cry out against it; for d their wickedness has come up before Me." 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to e Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to f Tarshish g from the presence of the LORD.
4 But h the LORD 1 sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten 2 the load. But Jonah had gone down i into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. 6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, "What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, j call on your God; k perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish."New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.