King James Version

Jonah 1

1Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.

15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約拿書 1

約拿違背耶和華

1耶和華對亞米太的兒子約拿說: 「你起來前往尼尼微大城,大聲警告那裡的居民,因為他們的罪惡滔天,已經達到我面前。」 可是,約拿卻起身逃往他施,想躲避耶和華。他到了約帕港,看見一艘要開往他施的船,就付了船費,上了船,想和眾人一起去他施,好躲避耶和華。

然而,耶和華使海面起了狂風,滔天巨浪幾乎把船打成碎片。 水手們非常害怕,紛紛呼求自己的神,又把船上的貨物全都拋進海裡,以減輕重量。這時候,約拿已下到底艙,躺在那裡呼呼大睡。 船長來到約拿身邊對他說:「你這個人,怎麼這時候還在睡覺!快起來祈求你的神吧,也許你的神會憐憫我們,饒我們一命。」

後來,船上的人彼此商量說:「來,我們抽籤,看看這場災難是誰惹來的。」於是他們就抽籤,結果抽中了約拿。 眾人問他:「請告訴我們,這場災難是誰惹來的?你是做什麼的?從哪裡來?是哪一國、哪一族的人?」 約拿回答說:「我是希伯來人,我敬畏耶和華,祂是創造海洋陸地、掌管諸天的上帝。」 10 之後,他就把怎樣逃避耶和華的事告訴他們。眾人知道後,萬分恐懼,問他:「你怎麼做出這種事?」

11 那時,風浪越來越大,他們便對約拿說:「我們要怎樣處置你,才能使風浪平靜呢?」 12 約拿對他們說:「我知道這場風暴是因我而起的,你們把我抬起來拋進海裡,風浪自然會平靜。」 13 然而船上的人還是拚命划船,希望把船划向岸邊,可是沒有成功,因為風浪實在太大了。 14 他們只好呼求耶和華,說:「耶和華啊,求你不要因這個人的性命而毀滅我們,不要因我們殺害無辜的人而怪罪我們,因為你耶和華按自己的旨意行事。」 15 然後他們把約拿抬起來拋進海裡,狂風巨浪立刻平靜了。 16 眾人都極其敬畏耶和華,向祂獻祭,並且許願。

17 耶和華安排了一條大魚,把約拿吞下,他在魚腹裡度過三天三夜。