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The Book of Jonah

The Book of Jonah

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A modern English rendering of the Book of Jonah, based on the King James Version
A modern English rendering of the Book of Jonah, based on the King James Version

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Published by: James Hampton Belton on Oct 04, 2011
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The Book of Jonah
Based on the King James Version
Modern English Version by James Hampton Belton
1:1 The voice of Yahweh came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying “Arise, and go to Nineveh, that greatcity, and cry against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.”1:3 But instead, Jonah fled from the presence of Yahweh down to Joppa. He found a ship going toTarshish and paid the fare, and went down into it, to flee to Tarshish, away from the presence of Yahweh.1:4 Yahweh sent a great wind over the sea, and there was a mighty tempest, and the ship seemed likelyto break up. The sailors were afraid, and every man cried out to his god, and they cast the ship's cargointo the sea to lighten it. But Jonah had gone below decks, and he lay fast asleep.1:6 The ship master came to him, and said to “What do you mean by sleeping? Arise, and call uponyour god, in case that god will save us, so that we do not perish.”1:7 Then the crew said to each other “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know who has brought thisevil is upon us.”They cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.1:8 Then they said “Tell us why this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? Where do youcome from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”1:9 He said “I am a Hebrew, and I am fleeing from Yahweh, the God of heaven, who made the sea andthe dry land.”1:10 Then the men were very afraid, and said to him “Why have you brought this upon us? What shallwe do, so that the sea may be calmed for us?”For the sea was pounded by the tempest.1:12 He said “Take me up and cast me into the sea, and the sea will be calm once more. For I know thatit is my fault that this great tempest is upon us.”1:13 Despite this, the men rowed hard to bring the ship to land, but theycould not, for the sea wrought, and the tempest blew against them.1:14 They cried to Yahweh “We beg you, Yahweh, do not let us not perish for this man's life, and do not blame us for his innocent blood. For you, Yahweh, have done as it pleases you.”1:15 They took up Jonah and cast him into the sea, and the sea ceased her raging. Then the men were ingreat awe of Yahweh, and offered a sacrifice to Him, and made vows to Him.1:17 Yahweh had created a great fish, which swallowed Jonah. Jonah was in the belly of the fish threedays and three nights.2:1 Jonah prayed to Yahweh from the belly of the fish “I cried by reason of my affliction to Yahweh,and he heard me. From the belly of hell I cried, and you heard my voice. For you had cast me into thedeep, in the midst of the seas, and the swell surrounded me. All your billows and your waves passedover me. Then I said, I have been cast out of your sight, yet I will look once more toward your holytemple. The waters surrounded me, even to the soul. The depths enclosed me, the weeds were wrappedabout my head. I went down to the roots of the mountains. The earth with her bars was about me for 

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