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Jonah chapter 1

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Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amit'tai, saying,
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"Arise, go to Nin'eveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness has come up before me."
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But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD.
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But the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.
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Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried to his god; and they threw the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down, and was fast asleep.
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So the captain came and said to him, "What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call upon your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we do not perish."
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And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
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Then they said to him, "Tell us, on whose account this evil has come upon us? What is your occupation? And whence do you come? What is your country? And of what people are you?"
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And he said to them, "I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."
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Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, "What is this that you have done!" For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
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Then they said to him, "What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?" For the sea grew more and more tempestuous.
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He said to them, "Take me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you; for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you."
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Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring the ship back to land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.
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Therefore they cried to the LORD, "We beseech thee, O LORD, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood; for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee."
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So they took up Jonah and threw him into the sea; and the sea ceased from its raging.
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Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.
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And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah chapter 2

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Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,
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saying, "I called to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and thou didst hear my voice.
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For thou didst cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood was round about me; all thy waves and thy billows passed over me.
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Then I said, `I am cast out from thy presence; how shall I again look upon thy holy temple?'
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The waters closed in over me, the deep was round about me; weeds were wrapped about my head
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at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me for ever; yet thou didst bring up my life from the Pit, O LORD my God.
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When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; and my prayer came to thee, into thy holy temple.
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Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their true loyalty.
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But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to thee; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the LORD!"
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And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

Jonah chapter 3

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Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,
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"Arise, go to Nin'eveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you."
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So Jonah arose and went to Nin'eveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nin'eveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth.
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Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he cried, "Yet forty days, and Nin'eveh shall be overthrown!"
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And the people of Nin'eveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
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Then tidings reached the king of Nin'eveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
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And he made proclamation and published through Nin'eveh, "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, or drink water,
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but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them cry mightily to God; yea, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence which is in his hands.
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Who knows, God may yet repent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we perish not?"
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When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them; and he did not do it.

Jonah chapter 4

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But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.
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And he prayed to the LORD and said, "I pray thee, LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that thou art a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repentest of evil.
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Therefore now, O LORD, take my life from me, I beseech thee, for it is better for me to die than to live."
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And the LORD said, "Do you do well to be angry?"
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Then Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city.
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And the LORD God appointed a plant, and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant.
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But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm which attacked the plant, so that it withered.
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When the sun rose, God appointed a sultry east wind, and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah so that he was faint; and he asked that he might die, and said, "It is better for me to die than to live."
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But God said to Jonah, "Do you do well to be angry for the plant?" And he said, "I do well to be angry, angry enough to die."
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And the LORD said, "You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night, and perished in a night.
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And should not I pity Nin'eveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?"

2 Timothy chapter 2

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You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
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and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
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Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
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No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him.
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An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
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It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
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Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything.
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Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my gospel,
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the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the word of God is not fettered.
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Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory.
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The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
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if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;
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if we are faithless, he remains faithful-- for he cannot deny himself.
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Remind them of this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
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Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
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Avoid such godless chatter, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
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and their talk will eat its way like gangrene. Among them are Hymenae'us and Phile'tus,
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who have swerved from the truth by holding that the resurrection is past already. They are upsetting the faith of some.
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But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity."
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In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble.
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If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work.
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So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart.
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Have nothing to do with stupid, senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
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And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to every one, an apt teacher, forbearing,
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correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth,
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and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.