Yona Anamkimbia Bwana
11:1 Mt 16:4; 12:39-41; 2Fal 14:25; Lk 11:29-32Neno la Bwana lilimjia Yona mwana wa Amitai: 21:2 Mwa 10:11; 18:20; Yon 3:3; Nah 2:8; Mt 12:41; Ezr 9:6; Yak 5:4“Nenda katika mji mkubwa wa Ninawi ukahubiri juu yake, kwa sababu uovu wake umekuja juu mbele zangu.”
31:3 Za 139:7; Yos 19:46; Mdo 9:36-43; Mwa 4:16; 10:4; Kut 4:13; Isa 23:1; Yer 20:9Lakini Yona alimkimbia Bwana na kuelekea Tarshishi. Alishuka mpaka Yafa, ambapo alikuta meli iliyokuwa imepangwa kuelekea bandari ile. Baada ya kulipa nauli, akapanda melini na kuelekea Tarshishi ili kumkimbia Bwana. 41:4 Za 107:23-26Ndipo Bwana akatuma upepo mkali baharini, nayo dhoruba kali sana ikavuma hata meli ikawa hatarini kuvunjika. 51:5 Mdo 27:18-19Mabaharia wote waliogopa na kila mmoja akamlilia mungu wake mwenyewe. Nao wakatupa mizigo baharini ili meli ipungue uzito.
Lakini Yona alikuwa ameteremkia chumba cha ndani ya meli, mahali ambapo alilala na kupatwa na usingizi mzito. 61:6 Yon 3:8; Mt 8:25; Za 78:34; 107:28Nahodha akamwendea na kusema, “Wewe unawezaje kulala? Amka ukamwite mungu wako! Huenda akatuangalia, tusiangamie.”
71:7 Yos 7:10-18; Hes 32:23; Mit 16:33; Mdo 1:26; 1Sam 10:20; 14:43Kisha mabaharia wakasemezana wao kwa wao, “Njooni, tupige kura tumtafute anayehusika na maafa haya.” Wakapiga kura, kura ikamwangukia Yona.
81:8 Yos 7:19Kwa hiyo walimuuliza, “Tuambie, ni nani anayehusika kwa kutuletea tatizo hili lote? Unafanya kazi gani? Umetoka wapi? Nchi yako ni ipi? Wewe ni kutoka taifa lipi?”
91:9 Dan 2:18; Mdo 17:24; Za 146:6; 96:9; Neh 9:6Akajibu, “Mimi ni Mwebrania, nami namwabudu Bwana, Mungu wa Mbinguni, aliyeumba bahari na nchi kavu.”
10Hili liliwaogopesha nao wakamuuliza,
“Umefanya nini?” (Walijua alikuwa anamkimbia Bwana, kwa sababu alishawaambia hivyo.)
11Bahari ilikuwa inazidi kuchafuka. Kwa hiyo walimuuliza, “Tukutendee nini ili kufanya bahari itulie kwa ajili yetu?”
121:12 Mhu 9:18; 2Sam 24:17; 1Nya 21:17Akawajibu, “Niinueni mnitupe baharini, nayo itakuwa shwari. Ninajua mawimbi haya makubwa yamewatokea kwa ajili ya kosa langu.”
131:13 Mit 21:30Badala yake, wale watu walijitahidi kupiga makasia wawezavyo ili wapate kurudi pwani. Lakini hawakuweza, kwa kuwa bahari ilizidi kuchafuka kuliko mwanzo. 141:14 Kum 21:8; Za 115:3; Dan 4:35Ndipo wakamlilia Bwana, “Ee Bwana, tafadhali usituue kwa kuondoa uhai wa mtu huyu. Usituhesabie hatia kwa kuutoa uhai wa mtu asiyekuwa na hatia, kwa kuwa wewe, Ee Bwana, umefanya kama ilivyokupendeza.” 151:15 Za 107:29; Lk 8:24Kisha walimchukua Yona, wakamtupa baharini nayo bahari iliyokuwa imechafuka ikatulia. 161:16 Mk 4:41; Hes 30:2; Za 66:13-14Katika jambo hili watu wakamwogopa Bwana sana, wakamtolea Bwana dhabihu na kumwekea nadhiri.
171:17 Mt 12:40; 16:4; Lk 11:30; Yn 4:6-7Lakini Bwana akamwandaa nyangumi1:17 Yaani samaki mkubwa sana. kummeza Yona, naye Yona alikuwa ndani ya tumbo la nyangumi kwa siku tatu, usiku na mchana.
1Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,1.1 Jonah: Gr. Jonas 2Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3But 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.
4¶ 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.1.4 sent out: Heb. cast forth1.4 was like…: Heb. thought to be broken 5Then 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. 6So 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. 7And 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. 8Then 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? 9And 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.1.9 the LORD: or, JEHOVAH 10Then 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.1.10 exceedingly…: Heb. with great fear
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.1.11 may…: Heb. may be silent from us1.11 wrought…: or, grew more and more tempestuous: Heb. went 12And 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. 13Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.1.13 rowed: Heb. digged1.13 wrought…: or, grew more and more tempestuous: Heb. went 14Wherefore 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. 15So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.1.15 ceased: Heb. stood 16Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.1.16 offered…: Heb. sacrifice unto the LORD, and vowed 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.1.17 belly: Heb. bowels