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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Jona 1

Jona sá ní iwájú Olúwa

1Ọ̀rọ̀ Olúwa sì tọ Jona ọmọ Amittai wá, wí pé: “Dìde lọ sí ìlú ńlá Ninefe kí o sì wàásù sí i, nítorí ìwà búburú rẹ̀ gòkè wá iwájú mi.”

Ṣùgbọ́n Jona dìde kúrò láti sálọ sí Tarṣiṣi kúrò níwájú Olúwa, ó sì sọ̀kalẹ̀ lọ sí Joppa, ìbí ti ó tí rí ọkọ̀ kan tí ń lọ sí Tarṣiṣi: lẹ́yìn ti ó sanwó ọkọ̀, ó wọlé sínú rẹ̀, láti bá wọn lọ sí Tarṣiṣi kúrò níwájú Olúwa.

Nígbà náà ni Olúwa rán ìjì ńlá jáde sí ojú Òkun, ìjì líle sì wà nínú Òkun tó bẹ́ẹ̀ tí ọkọ̀ náà dàbí ẹni pé yóò fọ́. Nígbà náà ni àwọn atukọ̀ bẹ̀rù, olúkúlùkù sì ń kígbe sí ọlọ́run rẹ̀, wọ́n kó ẹrù tí ó wà nínú ọkọ̀ dà sínú Òkun, kí ó bá à lè fúyẹ́.

Ṣùgbọ́n Jona sọ̀kalẹ̀ lọ sí ìsàlẹ̀ ọkọ̀ ó sì dùbúlẹ̀, ó sùn wọra. Bẹ́ẹ̀ ni olórí ọkọ̀ tọ̀ ọ́ wá, ó sì wí fún un pé, “Èéṣe tí ìwọ fi sùn, ìwọ olóòórùn? Dìde kí o ké pe Ọlọ́run rẹ! Bóyá yóò ro tiwa, kí àwa má ba à ṣègbé.”

Nígbà náà ni àwọn atukọ̀ sọ fún ara wọn pé, “Wá, ẹ jẹ́ kí a sẹ́ kèké, kí àwa kí o le mọ̀ nítorí ta ni búburú yìí ṣe wá sórí wa.” Wọ́n ṣẹ́ kèké, kèké sì mú Jona. Nígbà náà ni wọn wí fún un pé, “Sọ fún wa, àwa bẹ̀ ọ́, nítorí ta ni búburú yìí ṣe wá sórí wa? Kí ni iṣẹ́ rẹ? Níbo ni ìwọ ti wá? Kí ni orúkọ ìlú rẹ? Ẹ̀yà orílẹ̀-èdè wo sì ni ìwọ sì í ṣe?”

Òun sì dá wọn lóhùn pé, “Heberu ni èmi, mo sì bẹ̀rù Olúwa, Ọlọ́run ọ̀run ẹni tí ó dá Òkun àti ìyàngbẹ ilẹ̀.”

10 Nígbà náà ni àwọn ọkùnrin náà bẹ̀rù gidigidi, wọn sì wí fún un pé, “Èéṣe tí ìwọ fi ṣe èyí?” (Nítorí àwọn ọkùnrin náà mọ̀ pé ó ń sá kúrò ní iwájú Olúwa ni, nítorí òun ti sọ fun wọn bẹ́ẹ̀.)

11 Nígbà náà ni wọ́n wí fún un pé, “Kí ni kí àwa ó ṣe sí ọ kí Òkun lè dákẹ́ fún wa?” Nítorí Òkun ru, ó sì ja ẹ̀fúùfù líle.

12 Òun sì wí fún wọn pé, “Ẹ gbé mi, kí ẹ sì sọ mi sínú Òkun, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni okun yóò sì dákẹ́ fún un yin. Nítorí èmi mọ̀ pé, nítorí mi ni ẹ̀fúùfù líle yìí ṣe dé bá a yín.”

13 Ṣùgbọ́n àwọn ọkùnrin náà gbìyànjú gidigidi láti mú ọkọ̀ wà sí ilẹ̀: ṣùgbọ́n wọn kò lè ṣe é: nítorí tí Òkun túbọ̀ ru sí i, ó sì ja ẹ̀fúùfù líle sí wọn. 14 Nítorí náà wọ́n kígbe sí Olúwa, wọ́n sì wí pé, “Olúwa àwa bẹ̀ ọ́, má ṣe jẹ́ kí àwa ṣègbé nítorí ẹ̀mí ọkùnrin yìí. Má sì ka ẹ̀jẹ̀ aláìṣẹ̀ sí wa ní ọrùn, nítorí ìwọ, Olúwa, ti ṣe bí ó ti wù ọ́.” 15 Bẹ́ẹ̀ ni wọ́n gbé Jona, tí wọ́n sì sọ ọ́ sínú Òkun, Òkun sì dẹ́kun ríru rẹ̀. 16 Nígbà náà ni àwọn ọkùnrin náà bẹ̀rù Olúwa gidigidi, wọn si rú ẹbọ sí Olúwa, wọ́n sì jẹ́ ẹ̀jẹ́.

17 Ṣùgbọ́n Olúwa ti pèsè ẹja ńlá kan láti gbé Jona mì. Jona sì wà nínú ẹja náà ni ọ̀sán mẹ́ta àti òru mẹ́ta.