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.

O Livro

Jonas 1:1-17

Jonas foge do Senhor

1O Senhor enviou uma mensagem a Jonas, filho de Amitai. 2“Vai à grande cidade de Nínive e prega contra ela, porque a sua maldade subiu até a minha presença!”

3Mas Jonas resolveu ausentar-se para longe do Senhor. Desceu até à costa, até ao porto de Jope, onde achou um navio que partia para Társis. Comprou uma passagem, entrou no barco seguindo para Társis, fugindo assim do Senhor.

4Enquanto o barco navegava, o Senhor fez levantar-se uma terrível ventania e desencadear-se uma tempestade tal que o navio estava a ponto de se despedaçar. 5Temendo pelas suas vidas, os marinheiros desesperados gritavam cada um pelo seu deus e atiravam pela borda fora o carregamento, para tornar mais leve a embarcação. Enquanto isto se passava, Jonas dormia profundamente no porão do barco.

6O capitão mandou chamá-lo: “O que é que se passa contigo? Estás a dormir numa situação destas? Clama também ao teu Deus, para ver se tem misericórdia de nós e nos salva!”

7A tripulação resolveu tirar à sorte, a fim de verificarem quem é que, entre eles, ofendera os deuses e provocara tamanho temporal. E a sorte recaiu sobre Jonas.

8“Que foi que fizeste”, perguntaram-lhe, “para que este furacão tremendo caísse sobre nós? Quem és tu? O que fazes? Donde é que vens? De que nacionalidade és?”

9“Sou hebreu e temo o Senhor, o Deus dos céus, que fez a terra e os mares.” 10Depois contou-lhes que estava a fugir do Senhor.

Os homens ficaram aterrorizados: “Oh! E porque é que fizeste uma coisa destas? 11O que é que havemos de te fazer para acabar com este temporal?” E o tempo piorava assustadoramente.

12“Deitem-me ao mar e tudo ficará calmo outra vez. Porque sei que esta tempestade aconteceu por minha causa.”

13Entretanto, os remadores tentavam em vão levar o barco para a costa; a tormenta era tal que se tornava impossível lutar contra ela. 14Então clamaram ao Senhor: “Ó Senhor, não nos tires a nós a vida, por causa do pecado deste homem! Não nos tornes culpados de derramar sangue inocente. Afinal, Senhor, tu procedeste o que te aprouve.”

15Pegaram depois em Jonas, lançaram-no pela borda fora e tudo se acalmou!

16Aquela gente temeu imenso o Senhor; ofereceu-lhe sacrifícios e fez votos de o servir.

17No entanto, o Senhor preparou um grande peixe para que engolisse Jonas e este ficou vivo no interior do peixe três dias e três noites.