1The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
4 The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to [a]break up. 5 Then the sailors became afraid and every man cried to his god, and they threw the [b]cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it [c]for them. But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down and fallen sound asleep. 6 So the captain approached him and said, “How is it that you are sleeping? Get up, call on your god. Perhaps your god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish.”
7 Each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may [d]learn on whose account this calamity has struck us.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” 9 He said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.”
10 Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, “[e]How could you do this?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 So they said to him, “What should we do to you that the sea may become calm [f]for us?”—for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm [g]for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.” 13 However, the men [h]rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them. 14 Then they called on the Lord and said, “We earnestly pray, O Lord, do not let us perish on account of this man’s life and do not put innocent blood on us; for You, O Lord, have done as You have pleased.”
15 So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.
17 [i]And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
Yona Ajeemera Katonda
1Awo Mukama n’ayogera ne Yona omwana wa Amittayi ng’agamba 2 nti, “Situka ogende e Nineeve mu kibuga ekyo ekinene obatuuseeko obubaka buno obubanenya, kubanga ebibi byabwe birinnye eno waggulu ne bintukako.”
3 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.
4 Awo Mukama n’aleeta omuyaga ogw’amaanyi ne gukunta ku nnyanja, n’ekyombo Yona mwe yali ne kyagala okusaanawo. 5 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. 6 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.”
7 Awo abalunnyanja ne boogeraganya nti, “Mujje tukube obululu, tuvumbule omuntu yennyini avuddeko omutawaana guno.” Ne bakuba obululu, akalulu ne kagwa ku Yona.
8 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?”
9 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.