7 And they said to one another, "Come, let us l cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, m "Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?" 9 So he said to them, "I am a Hebrew; and I fear 1 the LORD, the God of heaven, n who made the sea and the dry land." 10 Then the men were 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.
11 Then they said to him, "What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?" - for the sea was growing more tempestuous. 12 And he said to them, o "Pick me up and 2 throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me." 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, p but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said, "We pray, O LORD, please do not let us perish for this man's life, and q do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O LORD, r have done as it pleased You." 15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, s and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men t feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD and took vows.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.