1A burden concerning the desert of the sea. As a whirlwind from the south, sweeping through from the wilderness; so it comes from a far off land.
2A grievous vision is declared to me, the oppressor oppresses, and the plunderer plunders. Go up, Elam, and the mountains of Media; all its sighing I have ceased.
3Therefore my loins are filled with pain; pangs have taken hold on me, as the pangs of a woman in travail; I was dismayed so that I could not hear, I was terrified so that I could not see.
4My heart failed, pangs made me quake; the beauty of my pleasures has been turned into terror to me.
5Prepare the tables, watch in the watchtowers, eat, drink; arise, princes, and anoint the shields.
6For thus has master said to me, Go, set a watchman, that he may declare what he sees.
7And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a rider on a donkey and a rider on a camel; and he listened diligently with great attention;
8then the watchman cried into my ears saying, Master, I stand continually in the daytime, and I stand on my watchtower every night.
9And look, a man came from the pair of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods are broken to the ground.
10There is no one to reap and no one to thresh; what I have heard of Yahvah, god of Israel, I have declared to you.
4But Yahvah sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was in danger of being broken.
1And the word of Yahvah came to Jonah again saying,
2Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it the proclamation which I tell you.
3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of Yahvah. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city in the presence of god, of 3 days journey.
4And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried and said, Yet 40 days and Nineveh will be overthrown.
5So the people of Nineveh believed in god and decreed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least.
6And when the news reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne and took off his crown from his head and covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes.
7And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles saying, Let neither men nor animal, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them feed nor drink water;
8but let men and animals be covered with sackcloth and cry to god with groaning; yes, let every man turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.
9Who knows if god will return and have mercy on us, and remove from us his fierce anger, that we may not perish?
5So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and made a booth for himself there, and sat under it in the shade, to see what would happen to the city.
6And Yahvah God commanded a tender shoot of gourd to spring up, and it sprang up and came over Jonah, and became shade over his head, and comforted him in his grief. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the gourd.
7But the next day at dawn, god commanded a worm, and it struck the gourd so that it withered.
8And it came to pass when the sun arose, Yahvah God commanded a sultry east wind; and it withered the gourd, and the sun beat on the head of Jonah, that he was weary and wished that he might die, and said, Yahvah, you can take my life from me, for I am not better than my fathers.
9And Yahvah God said to Jonah, Are you exceedingly grieved over the gourd? And Jonah said, I am exceedingly grieved, even to death.
10Then Yahvah said to him, You have had pity on the gourd for which you did not labor nor did you make it grow; which sprung up in a night and withered in a night.
11Should I not have pity on Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than 120,000 persons, that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand, and also many cattle?