Jonah 1:13

“Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neuerthelesse the men rowed hard to bring it to the land, but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

However, the men rowed {desperately} to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming {even} stormier against them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Nevertheless the men rowed hard to get them back to the land; but they could not: for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the men were working hard to get back to the land, but they were not able to do so: for the sea got rougher and rougher against them.
- Basic English Bible

But the men rowed hard to regain the land; but they could not; for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.
- Darby Bible

Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
- Webster's Bible

Nevertheless the men rowed hard to get them back to the land; but they could not, for the sea grew more and more stormy against them.
- World English Bible

And the men row to turn back unto the dry land, and are not able, for the sea is more and more tempestuous against them.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not; for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jonah 1:13


1:13 Rowed hard - They were willing to be at any labour to save him.


Discussion for Jonah 1

  • Irene123
    When witnessing to souls we need the gift of discerning of spirits, 1 Cor.12:10. To acquire these gifts we must be saved in Jesus' way, Acts 2:38, not our way as just simply saying the words of Rom. 10:13 (14-16). "... calling on the NAME of the Lord ..."; the man of God who baptizes you uses the words of Acts 2:38, Just as Jesus said in Matt. 28:19 "... in the NAME of ..."
  • Linda owami ncube
    Jonah knew he had done something wrong '' he rose up and fled to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, the mariners were afraid and cried to their Gods but Jonah remained fast asleep, HE somehow knew he was the cause of the tragedy that had befell them on the ship...as chrisian we should learn to be truthful to ourselves, always know that no man can hide from God, or his presence...
  • Farhad
    <> PROPHET JONAS: FOR AS JONAS WAS THREE DAYS
    AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE WHALE'S BELLY; SO
    SHALL THE SON OF MAN BE THREE DAYS AND
    THREE NIGHTS IN THE HEART OF THE
    EARTH." (Matthew 12:39-40). how this prediction is fulfilled by JESUS... thanks
  • Michael Paul Vines
    I have fallen on this story today. I am struggling with a leg and back injury. I am cut off from most of my family. I take most bible teachings with me everyday. I am a sinner and it ashames me. My want to be home with family hastens most interactions with people. I am happy because this stories beggining I hardly remember. I was usually being calmed down for bed, while it was read.
  • Joyce ahlijah
    Jonah knew he was serving the great God as he told the people, yet he decided to be disobedient because he thought God will blush off his refusal to go to Nineveh for the assignment, may be as before; forgetting that lives are very precious to God and so He decided to give them a fair chance to repent and not perish. That is why God let Jonah taste a bit of the forthcoming punishment for Nineveh
  • Lu2677
    V. 17 "three days and three nights" Mon. day. Mon. night, Tue. day, Tue. night, Wed. day, Wed. night=3 days, daylight, 3 nights, darkness. It looks to me that it means what it says.

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