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Jonah 1:1-3 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

God Calls and Jonah Runs

The Lord spoke to Jonah[a] son of Amittai: “Nineveh[b] is a big city. I have heard about the many evil things the people are doing there. So go there and tell them to stop doing such evil things.”

But Jonah tried to run away from the Lord. He went to Joppa[c] and found a boat that was going to the faraway city of Tarshish. Jonah paid money for the trip and went on the boat. He wanted to travel with the people on this boat to Tarshish and run away from the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Jonah 1:1 Jonah This is probably the same prophet mentioned in 2 Kings 14:25.
  2. Jonah 1:2 Nineveh The capital city of the country of Assyria. Assyria destroyed Israel in 722–721 B.C.
  3. Jonah 1:3 Joppa A town on the coast of Israel by the Mediterranean Sea.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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