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.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Yona 1

Yona Ajeemera Katonda

1Awo Mukama n’ayogera ne Yona omwana wa Amittayi ng’agamba nti, “Situka ogende e Nineeve mu kibuga ekyo ekinene obatuuseeko obubaka buno obubanenya, kubanga ebibi byabwe birinnye eno waggulu ne bintukako.”

Naye Yona n’adduka okuva mu maaso ga Mukama, n’aserengeta okulaga e Talusiisi. N’aserengeta e Yopa gye yasanga ekyombo, n’akirinnya okugenda e Talusiisi. Ng’amaze okusasulira etikiti ye, n’asaabala mu kyombo ekiraga e Talusiisi ng’adduka okuva mu maaso ga Mukama.

Awo Mukama n’aleeta omuyaga ogw’amaanyi ne gukunta ku nnyanja, n’ekyombo Yona mwe yali ne kyagala okusaanawo. Entiisa ey’amaanyi n’ekwata abalunnyanja bonna, buli omu n’akaabirira katonda we amuyambe, nga bwe basuula n’emigugu egy’ebyamaguzi mu nnyanja bakendeeze ku buzito obwali mu kyombo.

Mu kiseera ekyo, Yona yali mu tulo wansi mu ntobo y’ekyombo. Naye omugoba omukulu ow’ekyombo n’aserengeta gye yali n’amugamba nti, “Oyinza otya okuba nga weebase? Situka okaabirire katonda wo, oboolyawo anaatukwatirwa ekisa n’atulokola.”

Awo abalunnyanja ne boogeraganya nti, “Mujje tukube obululu, tuvumbule omuntu yennyini avuddeko omutawaana guno.” Ne bakuba obululu, akalulu ne kagwa ku Yona.

Abalunnyanja ne babuuza Yona nti, “Tubuulire, lwaki otuleetedde akabi akafaanana bwe kati, kiki ky’okoze? Okola mulimu ki? Ova wa era oli wa nsi ki, n’abantu bo be b’ani?”

Yona n’agamba nti, “Ndi Mwebbulaniya; era nsinza Mukama, Katonda w’eggulu eyakola eggulu n’ensi.”

10 Awo ne batya nnyo ne babuuza nti, “Kiki kino ky’otukoze?” Kubanga baali bategedde nti yali adduka mu maaso ga Katonda nga bwe yali amaze okubategeeza.

11 Awo ne bamugamba nti, “Tukukole tutya ennyanja erongooke?” Kubanga ennyanja yali yeeyongera bweyongezi okufuukuuka.

12 N’abagamba nti, “Munsitule munsuule mu nnyanja ennyanja eneeteeka, kubanga esiikuuse ku lwange.”

13 Naye abalunnyanja ne bagezaako nnyo okugoba ku ttale, kyokka ne batayinza, kubanga omuyaga gwagenda gweyongera bweyongezi. 14 Kyebaava bakaabirira Mukama ng’abagamba nti, “Tukwegayiridde Ayi Mukama, totuleka kufa olw’obulamu bw’omusajja ono, era totuteekako musango olw’omusaayi gwe n’okufa kwe, kubanga oleese omuyaga olw’esonga.” 15 Awo ne basitula Yona ne bamusuula mu nnyanja eyali eyira. Amangwago omuyaga ne gusirika. 16 Abasajja ne batya nnyo Mukama, ne bawaayo ekiweebwayo gy’ali ne beeyama obweyamo.

17 Mukama yateekateeka ekyennyanja ekinene ennyo ne kimira Yona; Yona n’amala mu kyennyanja ekyo ennaku ssatu emisana n’ekiro.