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Chapter 1

Jonah 1 Commentary

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Jonah 1:1-3 meaning

The LORD sends Jonah to Nineveh. But Jonah goes to Tarshish to run away from the LORD.

Jonah 1:4-6 meaning

The LORD throws a great windstorm on the sea. The sailors pray to their gods and wake Jonah up from his deep sleep to pray to his God.

Jonah 1:7-9 meaning

Jonah arrives on deck. The sailors cast lots to isolate the individual who is responsible for the storm. The lot falls on Jonah. The sailors ask him about his identity.

Jonah 1:10-16 meaning

Jonah tells the sailors that the storm is the result of his disobedience to the LORD. He suggests that they send him into the sea so that the sea may calm down. After much resistance, the sailors cast Jonah overboard, and the storm stops suddenly. Then the sailors fear the LORD and worship Him.

Jonah 1:17 meaning

The LORD spares Jonah’s life by appointing a great fish to swallow him. Jonah spends three days and three nights in the belly of the fish.