The Message

Jonah 1

Running Away from God

11-2 One day long ago, God’s Word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: “Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They’re in a bad way and I can’t ignore it any longer.”

But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from God. He went down to the port of Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board, joining those going to Tarshish—as far away from God as he could get.

4-6 But God sent a huge storm at sea, the waves towering.

The ship was about to break into pieces. The sailors were terrified. They called out in desperation to their gods. They threw everything they were carrying overboard to lighten the ship. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship to take a nap. He was sound asleep. The captain came to him and said, “What’s this? Sleeping! Get up! Pray to your god! Maybe your god will see we’re in trouble and rescue us.”

Then the sailors said to one another, “Let’s get to the bottom of this. Let’s draw straws to identify the culprit on this ship who’s responsible for this disaster.”

So they drew straws. Jonah got the short straw.

Then they grilled him: “Confess. Why this disaster? What is your work? Where do you come from? What country? What family?”

He told them, “I’m a Hebrew. I worship God, the God of heaven who made sea and land.”

10 At that, the men were frightened, really frightened, and said, “What on earth have you done!” As Jonah talked, the sailors realized that he was running away from God.

11 They said to him, “What are we going to do with you—to get rid of this storm?” By this time the sea was wild, totally out of control.

12 Jonah said, “Throw me overboard, into the sea. Then the storm will stop. It’s all my fault. I’m the cause of the storm. Get rid of me and you’ll get rid of the storm.”

13 But no. The men tried rowing back to shore. They made no headway. The storm only got worse and worse, wild and raging.

14 Then they prayed to God, “O God! Don’t let us drown because of this man’s life, and don’t blame us for his death. You are God. Do what you think is best.”

15 They took Jonah and threw him overboard. Immediately the sea was quieted down.

16 The sailors were impressed, no longer terrified by the sea, but in awe of God. They worshiped God, offered a sacrifice, and made vows.

17 Then God assigned a huge fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah was in the fish’s belly three days and nights.

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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 Jonas’ 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.