The Book of Jonah: Repentance and Forgiveness
1:9. "I am a Hebrew," he replied. "I worship the LORD, the God of Heaven, who made both sea and land."
1:10. The men were greatly terrified, and they asked him, "What have you done?" And when the men learned that he was fleeing from the service of the LORD-for so he told them-
1:11. they said to him, "What must we do to you to make the sea calm around us?" For the sea was growing more and more stormy.
1:12. He answered, "Heave me overboard, and the sea will calm down for you; for I know that this terrible storm came upon you on my account."
1:13. Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to regain the shore, but they could not, for the sea was growing more and more stormy about them.
1:14. Then they cried out to the LORD: "Oh, please, LORD, do not let us perish on account of this man's life. Do not hold us guilty of killing an innocent person! For You, O LORD, by Your will, have brought this about."
1:15. And they heaved Jonah overboard, and the sea stopped raging.
1:16. The men feared the LORD greatly; they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and they made vows.
2:1. The LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah; and Jonah remained in the fish's belly three days and three nights.
2:2. Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish.
2:3. He said:
In my trouble I called to the LORD,
And He answered me;
From the belly of Sheol I cried out,
And You heard my voice.
2:4.You cast me into the depths,
Into the heart of the sea,
The floods engulfed me;
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