New International Reader's Version

Jonah 1:1-17

Jonah Runs Away From the Lord

1A message from the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai. The Lord said, 2“Go to the great city of Nineveh. Preach against it. The sins of its people have come to my attention.”

3But Jonah ran away from the Lord. He headed for Tarshish. So he went down to the port of Joppa. There he found a ship that was going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board. Then he sailed for Tarshish. He was running away from the Lord.

4But the Lord sent a strong wind over the Mediterranean Sea. A wild storm came up. It was so wild that the ship was in danger of breaking apart. 5All the sailors were afraid. Each one cried out to his own god for help. They threw the ship’s contents into the sea. They were trying to make the ship lighter.

But Jonah had gone below deck. There he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6The captain went down to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call out to your god for help! Maybe he’ll pay attention to what’s happening to us. Then we won’t die.”

7Here is what the sailors said to one another. “Someone is to blame for getting us into all this trouble. Come. Let’s cast lots to find out who it is.” So they did. And Jonah was picked. 8They asked him, “What terrible thing have you done to bring all this trouble on us? Tell us. What do you do for a living? Where do you come from? What is your country? What people do you belong to?”

9He answered, “I’m a Hebrew. I worship the Lord. He is the God of heaven. He made the sea and the dry land.”

10They found out he was running away from the Lord. That’s because he had told them. Then they became terrified. So they asked him, “How could you do a thing like that?”

11The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down?”

12“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied. “Then it will become calm. I know it’s my fault that this terrible storm has come on you.”

13But the men didn’t do what he said. Instead, they did their best to row back to land. But they couldn’t. The sea got even rougher than before. 14Then they cried out to the Lord. They prayed, “Please, Lord, don’t let us die for taking this man’s life. After all, he might not be guilty of doing anything wrong. So don’t hold us responsible for killing him. Lord, you always do what you want to.” 15Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard. And the stormy sea became calm. 16The men saw what had happened. Then they began to have great respect for the Lord. They offered a sacrifice to him. And they made promises to him.

Jonah Prays to the Lord

17Now the Lord sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

ヨナ書 1:1-17



1アミタイの子ヨナに、主から次のようなことばがありました。 2「あの大きな町ニネベへ行って、主からの知らせを告げよ。『わたしはおまえたちを滅ぼす。おまえたちの悪行がわたしの前に上り、その悪臭が天にまで達したからだ』と。」 3しかし、ヨナは行くことを恐れ、主の前から逃げました。ニネベとは反対方向の海岸の方へ向かい、ヨッパの港に着くと、タルシシュ行きの船が出るところでした。船賃を払って船に乗り込んだヨナは、主から身を隠そうと暗い船底に下りて行きました。

4ところが航海が始まると、主が嵐を起こしたので、突然船は突風に見舞われ、今にも沈みそうになりました。 5身の危険を感じた水夫たちは、必死の思いで、自分の信じている神々に助けを叫び求め、船を軽くしようと、積み荷を海に捨てました。その間、ヨナは船底でぐっすり眠っていたのです。

6それで船長は船底に下りて行って、大声でどなりました。「おい! どういうつもりだ、こんな時に眠っているのは。さっさと起きて、あなたの神に祈ったらどうだ。そうすれば、お恵みで助けてもらえるかもしれないぞ。」

7水夫たちはくじを引くことにしました。神々を怒らせて、こんな恐ろしい嵐を引き起こしたのはだれか、知ろうというのです。くじはヨナに当たりました。 8「いったい何をしたのか、こんなに恐ろしい嵐を起こすとは。あなたは何者なのだ。仕事は何をしている? どこの国から来た?」


人々は話を聞くと、とても恐ろしくなり、「何でそんなことをしたのか。 11嵐を静めるために、あなたをどうすればいいのだろう」と叫びました。海がいっそう荒れてきたからです。


13彼らは陸に近づこうと必死に船をこぎましたが、どうにもなりません。暴風が猛烈に向かって来るのです。 14そこで人々は、ヨナの神である主に大声で祈りました。「ああ主よ。この男の罪のために、私たちを死なせないでください。この男が死んでも、どうか責任を負わせないでください。私たちのせいではありません。特別な理由があって、あなたがこの男のところに嵐を送られたのですから。」

15そして彼らは、ヨナを荒れ狂う海に投げ込みました。すると、嵐はおさまりました。 16人々は主の前に恐れ、いけにえをささげて、主に仕えることを誓いました。