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3 But Jonah set outL to flee to TarshishM from the presenceN of the Lord. He went down to JoppaO 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.
7 The sailors said to one another,KK “Come, let us cast lots,LL so that we may knowMM on whose account this calamityNN has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
8 Then they said to him, “Tell usOO why this calamity has come upon us. What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? And of what peoplePP are you?”
9 “I am a Hebrew,”QQ he replied. “I worshipRR the Lord, the God of heaven,SS who made the sea and the dry land.”
10 Then the menTT were even moreUU afraid, and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them so.
11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea was growingVV more and more tempestuous.WW
12 He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you; for I know it is because of me that this great storm has come upon you.”
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hardXX to bring the ship backYY to land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more stormy against them. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, O Lord, we pray,ZZ do not let us perish on account of this man’s life.AAA
15 So they picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea; and the sea ceasedEEE from its raging.FFF 16 Then the men feared the Lord even more, and they offeredGGG a sacrificeHHH to the Lord and madeIII vows.JJJ
17 But the Lord providedKKK a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the bellyLLL of the fish three days and three nights.MMM
2:1 Then Jonah prayedNNN to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish
Image Credit: Stained glass window of the Église Saint-Aignan de Chartres.