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Jonas 1

Jonas nægter at adlyde Gud

1En dag talte Herren til Jonas, Amittajs søn. Han sagde: „Tag af sted til den store by Nineve og råb til dens befolkning, at jeg vil straffe dem for deres ondskab.”

Men Jonas ønskede ikke at gøre, hvad Gud havde sagt til ham, så han flygtede i den modsatte retning. Han gik ned til havnebyen Jafo, hvor han fandt et skib, der skulle til Tarshish.[a] Han betalte for rejsen og gik om bord for at sejle til Tarshish og dermed unddrage sig den opgave, Gud havde givet ham.

Gud straffer Jonas for hans ulydighed

Men Herren sendte en voldsom orkan hen over havet, så skibet var ved at blive knust. Sømændene blev dødsens angst og råbte til hver deres gud om hjælp. De kastede også hele lasten over bord for at lette skibet.

Imens lå Jonas nede i lastrummet og sov. Kaptajnen gik ned og vækkede ham. „Hvorfor ligger du her og sover?” råbte han. „Stå op og råb til din gud om hjælp! Måske vil han vise os barmhjertighed og redde os fra at drukne.”

Da de var kommet op på dækket, sagde søfolkene til hinanden: „Lad os kaste lod for at finde ud af, hvem der er skyld i denne frygtelige orkan.” Det gjorde de så, og loddet traf Jonas.

Så begyndte de anklagende spørgsmål at hagle ned over ham: „Er det virkelig dig, der er skyld i det her?” „Hvem er du egentlig?” „Hvad bestiller du her?” „Hvor kommer du fra?” „Hvilket folk tilhører du?” Jonas svarede: „Jeg er hebræer. Jeg tilbeder Herren, den Gud, som bor i Himlen, og som har skabt både havet og landjorden.” 10 Så fortalte han dem, at han var på flugt fra sin gud. Mændene blev dybt rystede, da de hørte det. „Hvordan kunne du gøre det?” råbte de. 11 Imens blev orkanen om muligt endnu værre. „Hvad skal vi gøre ved dig, for at din gud kan standse stormen?” 12 „Kast mig i havet,” svarede Jonas. „Så lægger bølgerne sig. Jeg indrømmer, at det er min skyld, at denne orkan har ramt jer.”

13 Besætningen prøvede dog først at ro i retning af land, men det var håbløst. Orkanen var alt for voldsom. 14 Så råbte de til Jonasʼ gud, Herren: „Åh, Herre, lad os ikke omkomme på grund af denne mand! Gør os ikke ansvarlige for hans død, når vi kaster ham i havet. Du har jo selv sendt denne orkan!” 15 Så tog de Jonas og kastede ham ud i havet. Øjeblikkeligt lagde vinden sig. 16 Mændene var målløse over Herrens store magt, og de bragte ham ofre og aflagde løfter om, at fra nu af skulle han være deres gud.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,3 Mange mener, at Tarshish lå i Spanien, men det vides ikke med sikkerhed. Jafo eller Joppe svarer til det nuværende Jaffa.

New International Reader's Version

Jonah 1

Jonah Runs Away From the Lord

1A message from the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai. The Lord said, “Go to the great city of Nineveh. Preach against it. The sins of its people have come to my attention.”

But Jonah ran away from the Lord. He headed for Tarshish. So he went down to the port of Joppa. There he found a ship that was going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board. Then he sailed for Tarshish. He was running away from the Lord.

But the Lord sent a strong wind over the Mediterranean Sea. A wild storm came up. It was so wild that the ship was in danger of breaking apart. All the sailors were afraid. Each one cried out to his own god for help. They threw the ship’s contents into the sea. They were trying to make the ship lighter.

But Jonah had gone below deck. There he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. The captain went down to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call out to your god for help! Maybe he’ll pay attention to what’s happening to us. Then we won’t die.”

Here is what the sailors said to one another. “Someone is to blame for getting us into all this trouble. Come. Let’s cast lots to find out who it is.” So they did. And Jonah was picked. They asked him, “What terrible thing have you done to bring all this trouble on us? Tell us. What do you do for a living? Where do you come from? What is your country? What people do you belong to?”

He answered, “I’m a Hebrew. I worship the Lord. He is the God of heaven. He made the sea and the dry land.”

10 They found out he was running away from the Lord. That’s because he had told them. Then they became terrified. So they asked him, “How could you do a thing like that?”

11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down?”

12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied. “Then it will become calm. I know it’s my fault that this terrible storm has come on you.”

13 But the men didn’t do what he said. Instead, they did their best to row back to land. But they couldn’t. The sea got even rougher than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord. They prayed, “Please, Lord, don’t let us die for taking this man’s life. After all, he might not be guilty of doing anything wrong. So don’t hold us responsible for killing him. Lord, you always do what you want to.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard. And the stormy sea became calm. 16 The men saw what had happened. Then they began to have great respect for the Lord. They offered a sacrifice to him. And they made promises to him.

Jonah Prays to the Lord

17 Now the Lord sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.