Jonah flees from the Lord
1The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’
3But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
4Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.
But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6The captain went to him and said, ‘How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.’
7Then the sailors said to each other, ‘Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.’ They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8So they asked him, ‘Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?’
9He answered, ‘I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.’
10This terrified them and they asked, ‘What have you done?’ (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)
11The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, ‘What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?’
12‘Pick me up and throw me into the sea,’ he replied, ‘and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.’
13Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14Then they cried out to the Lord, ‘Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.’ 15Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.
17Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Yona Ajeemera Katonda
11:1 a Mat 12:39-41 b 2Bk 14:25Awo Mukama n’ayogera ne Yona omwana wa Amittayi ng’agamba 21:2 Lub 10:11nti, “Situka ogende e Nineeve mu kibuga ekyo ekinene obatuuseeko obubaka buno obubanenya, kubanga ebibi byabwe birinnye eno waggulu ne bintukako.”
31:3 a Zab 139:7 b Yos 19:46; Bik 9:36, 43Naye 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.
41:4 Zab 107:23-26Awo Mukama n’aleeta omuyaga ogw’amaanyi ne gukunta ku nnyanja, n’ekyombo Yona mwe yali ne kyagala okusaanawo. 51:5 Bik 27:18-19Entiisa 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. 61:6 a Yon 3:8 b Zab 107:28Naye 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.”
71:7 Yos 7:10-18; 1Sa 14:42Awo abalunnyanja ne boogeraganya nti, “Mujje tukube obululu, tuvumbule omuntu yennyini avuddeko omutawaana guno.” Ne bakuba obululu, akalulu ne kagwa ku Yona.
8Abalunnyanja 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?”
91:9 a Bik 17:24 b Zab 146:6Yona n’agamba nti, “Ndi Mwebbulaniya; era nsinza Mukama, Katonda w’eggulu eyakola eggulu n’ensi.”
10Awo 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.
11Awo ne bamugamba nti, “Tukukole tutya ennyanja erongooke?” Kubanga ennyanja yali yeeyongera bweyongezi okufuukuuka.
121:12 2Sa 24:17; 1By 21:17N’abagamba nti, “Munsitule munsuule mu nnyanja ennyanja eneeteeka, kubanga esiikuuse ku lwange.”
131:13 Nge 21:30Naye abalunnyanja ne bagezaako nnyo okugoba ku ttale, kyokka ne batayinza, kubanga omuyaga gwagenda gweyongera bweyongezi. 141:14 a Ma 21:8 b Zab 115:3Kyebaava 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.” 151:15 Zab 107:29; Luk 8:24Awo ne basitula Yona ne bamusuula mu nnyanja eyali eyira. Amangwago omuyaga ne gusirika. 161:16 Mak 4:41Abasajja ne batya nnyo Mukama, ne bawaayo ekiweebwayo gy’ali ne beeyama obweyamo.
171:17 Mat 12:40; 16:4; Luk 11:30Mukama yateekateeka ekyennyanja ekinene ennyo ne kimira Yona; Yona n’amala mu kyennyanja ekyo ennaku ssatu emisana n’ekiro.