|JONAH 1:5 "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 the load. But
Jonah had gone down 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, call on your God;
perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish."
7 "And they said to one another,
'Come let us 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, '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
9 So he said unto them, I am a
Hebrew; and I fear the Lord (YHWH), the God of heaven, 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 (YHWH), because he had told
11 Then they said to him, 'What
shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us? -- for the sea was
becoming more tempestuous.
12 And he said unto them, Pick me
up and throw me into the sea, then the sea will become calm for you.
For I know that this great tempestvis because of me."
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard
to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow
more tempestuous against them.
14 Therefore they cried out to the
Lord (YHWH) and said, 'We pray, O Lord (YHWH), please do not let us
perish for this man's life, and do not charge us with innocent blood,
for You, O Lord (YHWH) have done as it pleased You.
15 So they picked up Jonah and
threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.
16 Then the men feared the Lord (YHWH)
exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord (YHWH) and took