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The Prophet Jonah
Transcript of The Prophet Jonah
Jonah was a Hebrew prophet, son of Amittai. He was called by God to be a prophet and speak to the Ninevites, but disobeyed. Instead of going to Ninevah, Jonah went to Joppa and got on a boat headed to Tarshish.
On the Boat
In the Sea
And so the sailors, asking God for forgiveness, threw Jonah into the sea, and immediately the storm stopped. But Jonah did not die. God sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and he stayed in the fish's belly for three days and three nights. And while in the fish's belly, he prayed, thanking the Lord for saving him from drowning. And after the three days and nights, God made the fish vomit Jonah onto land.
Back Where He Started
God again told Jonah to go to Ninevah, and tell the Ninevites that in forty days, Ninevah would be overthrown. The Ninevites believed him, repented, "and proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on a sackcloth" (New American Bible, Jonah 3:5). Even the king "laid aside his robe, covered himself with a sackcloth, and sat in ashes" (New American Bible, Jonah 3:6). The king proclaimed a fast for all citizens of Ninevah and commanded them to repent from their evil ways that God may spare them. God, seeing this, did not destroy Ninevah.
King James Bible Jonah 1-4
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This angered God, and while Jonah was on the boat to Tarshish, there was a horrible storm. Each of the sailors prayed to their own gods to make the storm stop, but Jonah was asleep in his cabin. The sailors asked him how they could make the storm stop, as they knew he was running from the Lord and this was his punishment. He told them to throw him into the sea.
Jonah became angry at God for sparing the Ninevites. He asked God for death, "for it is better for [him] to die than to live." Jonah left Ninevah and lived in a hut, waiting to see the fate of Ninevah. God provided Jonah with a gourd plant for shade, which pleased Jonah, but the next day, God sent a worm to kill it, making Jonah angry again. God explained to him that he should not be concerned for the gourd that he put no work into, but instead for the Ninevites who needed help and salvation, and for whom Jonah had gone on his journey.