Jonah 1:17

“Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow vp Ionah, and Ionah was in the belly of the fish three dayes, and three nights.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord made ready a great fish to take Jonah into its mouth; and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
- Darby Bible

Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
- World English Bible

And Jehovah appointeth a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah is in the bowels of the fish three days and three nights.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(2:1) And the LORD prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jonah 1:17


1:17 A great fish - The Hebrew word is, numbered, has appointed him for Jonah's receiver and deliverer. God has the command of all his creatures, and can make any of them serve his designs of mercy to his people.


Discussion for Jonah 1

  • 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.
  • Debra T
    Please explain how Jonah stayed in fish 3 days and 3 nights when it takes 24 hours to make a complete day/night. I hope this make sense because I was approach with this question. I tried every logic answer but was still challenged. Their point was that it was 4 days and 3 nights,
  • Ravindra Kumar
    DearBrother sister Like most of us think, jonah also thought the same way, that people of nineveh should be punished, but they came under Gods mercy because of Repentence. lot learn from this ..
  • Nicole
    i really enjoyed this chapter and it made me think about the extent God would go to show his love and mercy to mankind. God is so merciful and so loving that he will make a way when there truly is no way. had they thrown Jonah into the sea, he would have drowned or even been killed by something but what stood out to me was the fact that God PREPARED a great fish....... After doing some research, as big as the fish may have been, whether it be a whale or shark more than likely a whale it is impossible for one to swallow a human or anything that size whole. So God prepared the fish to swallow him number 1. Number two God had to stop the enzymes and stomach acid from digesting Jonah as well, and three, possibly he had to prepare the fish stomach so it could be large enough to hold Jonah. Perhaps i know there is even more to add, but just the thought of God preparing the fish to inhabit him was amazing and nothing short of a miracle and it shows the love and mercy of God. This chapter help me to understand the mercy of God in a different way than I have ever understood. God is truly love and he showed it even when Jonah was disobedient. He knows and understands the heart. He has a Job for us to do and he wants it done. Mercy truly does reign over judgment!

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