To Our Forefathers Yisrael

1 Now The Word of YHUH came to Yonah the son of Amittai, saying,

2 Arise, go to Ninveh, that great city and proclaim against it; for their wickedness is come up before Me!

3 But Yonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of YHUH and went down to Yapho; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of YHUH.

4 But YHUH sent out a great wind into the sea and there was a mighty storm in the sea, so that the ship was likely to be broken.

5 Then the mariners were afraid and cried every man to his ahlahim and cast out the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Yonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship; and he lay down and was fast asleep.

6 So the captain came to him and said to him, What does all this mean to you sleeper? Arise, call upon your Ahlohim, if so be that your Ahlohim will think upon us, so that we do not perish.

7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come and let us cast lots, that we may know what man has brought this evil upon us. So they cast lots and the lot fell upon Yonah.

8 Then they said to him, Tell us, we beg you, for whose cause has this evil come upon us; What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And from what people are you?

9 And he said to them, I am an Avri; and I fear YHUH, the Ahlohim of the shamayim, who has made the sea and the dry land.

10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid and said to him, Why have you done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of YHUH because he had told them.

11 Then they said to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may be calm for us? For the sea raged and was growing more stormy.

12 And he said to them, Take me up and cast me into the sea; then shall the sea be calm for you: for I know that for my sake this great storm is upon you.

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea raged and was tempestuous against them.

14 Therefore they cried to YHUH and said, We ask You, O YHUH, we ask You, let us not perish for this man’s chayim and lay not upon us innocent dahm: for You, O YHUH, have done as it pleased You.

15 So they took up Yonah and cast him overboard into the sea: and the sea ceased from raging.

16 Then the men feared YHUH exceedingly and offered a sacrifice to YHUH and made vows.

17 Now YHUH had prepared a great fish to swallow up Yonah. And Yonah was in the belly of the fish three yamim and three laylot.

2 Then Yonah made tefillah to YHUH his Ahlohim out of the fish’s belly,

2 And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to YHUH and He heard me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried and You heard my voice.

3 For You had cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods surrounded me around: all Your breakers and Your waves passed over me.

4 Then I said, I am cast out of Your sight; yet I will look again toward Your kodesh Hekal.

5 The mayim surrounded me, even to the being: the deep closed around me, the weeds were wrapped around my head.

6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with its bars behind me le-olam-va-ed: yet have You brought up my chayim from corruption, O YHUH my Ahlohim.

7 When my being fainted within me I remembered YHUH: and my tefillah came in to You, into Your kodesh Hekal.

8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own rachamim.

9 But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of hodu; I will pay that which I have vowed.Yahushua is from YHUH.

10 And YHUH spoke to the fish and it vomited out Yonah upon the dry land.

3 And The Word of YHUH came to Yonah the second time, saying,

2 Arise, go to Ninveh, that great city and proclaim the message that I tell you!

3 So Yonah arose and went to Ninveh, according to The Word of YHUH. Now Ninveh was an exceedingly great city of three yamim’ journey.

4 And Yonah began to enter into the city a yom’s journey and he proclaimed and said; yet forty yamim and Ninveh shall be overthrown.

5 So the people of Ninveh believed Ahlohim and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

6 For word came to the melech of Ninveh and he arose from his kesay and he laid his robe before him and covered himself with sackcloth and ashes.

7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Ninveh by the decree of the melech and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything: let them not eat, nor drink mayim:

8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth and cry mightily to Ahlohim: yes, let everyone make teshuvah from his evil derech and from the violence that is in their hands.

9 Who can tell if Ahlohim will turn and relent and turn away from His fierce anger that we perish not?

10 And Ahlohim saw their works that they turned from their evil derech; and Ahlohim relented of the evil, that He had said that He would do to them; and He did it not.

4 But it displeased Yonah exceedingly and he was very angry.

2 And he made tefillah to YHUH and said, O YHUH, was not this what I said, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before to Tarshish: for I knew that You are an El full of chen and full of rachamim, slow to anger and great in rachamim and relenting from doing evil.

3 Therefore now, O YHUH, I beg You, take my chayim from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

4 Then said YHUH, Do you have a right to be angry?

5 So Yonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city and there made himself a sukkah and sat under it in the shadow, until he might see what would become of the city.

6 And YHUH Ahlohim prepared a plant and made it to come up over Yonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Yonah was exceedingly in gilah because of the plant.

7 But Ahlohim prepared a worm when the boker rose the next yom and it attacked the plant that it withered.

8 And it came to pass, when the shemesh did rise, that Ahlohim prepared a strong east wind; and the shemesh beat upon the head of Yonah, that he fainted and wished to die and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

9 And Ahlohim said to Yonah, Do you have a right to be angry because of the plant? And he said, I do have a right to be angry, even to my death.

10 Then said YHUH, You have had pity on the plant, for which you have not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a lyla and perished in a lyla:

11 And should not I spare Ninveh, that great city, where there are more than one hundred twenty thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also many cattle? X


  • JONAH 1:2 An appeal to non-Yisraelite Assyrians.

  • JONAH 1:3 Probably modern Spain.

  • JONAH 1:17 Messiah refers to this as the main sign and type of His resurrection.

  • JONAH 2:9 The whole Good News in a nutshell.

  • JONAH 3:5 Non-native Yisraelites believe in YAH as they periodically always have. The idea that those from the nations only started to believe in Acts 2 is a dispensational falsehood.

  • JONAH 3:10 Grace comes only after good works. By removing good works, grace can never arrive.

  • JONAH 4:1 A familiar attitude by Yisraelites when those of the nations join Israel.

  • JONAH 4:11 A Yisraelite with wrong priorities. His comfort and security was more important than seeing a pagan nation in full repentance. Sadly, this attitude prevails among professing believers even until this day. They won’t teach non-Jews Torah because they don’t want to see others become equal and function as equal heirs of the blessings of obedience to Torah.