Jonah 1:1-3 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
God Calls and Jonah Runs
1 The Lord spoke to Jonah[a] son of Amittai: 2 “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.”
3 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.