Jonah 1:6

“So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So the shipmaster came to him, and said vnto him; What meanest thou, O sleeper? Arise, call vpon thy God, if so be that God wil thinke vpon vs, that we perish not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So the captain approached him and said, "How is it that you are sleeping? Get up, call on your god. Perhaps {your} god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the ship's captain came to him and said to him, What are you doing sleeping? Up! say a prayer to your God, if by chance God will give a thought to us, so that we may not come to destruction.
- Basic English Bible

And the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, sleeper? arise, call upon thy God; perhaps God will think upon us, that we perish not.
- Darby Bible

So the ship-master came to him, and said to him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, it may be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
- Webster's Bible

So the shipmaster came to him, and said to him, "What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God! Maybe your God will notice us, so that we won't perish."
- World English Bible

And the chief of the company draweth near to him, and saith to him, `What -- to thee, O sleeper? rise, call unto thy God, it may be God doth bethink himself of us, and we do not perish.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him: 'What meanest thou that thou sleepest? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jonah 1:6


1:6 Will think upon us - With pity and favour.


Discussion for Jonah 1

  • 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!
  • Ayodeji Ebenezer omotara
    Jonah is a gift of grace despite his disobedience,God still showered him His grace.when he was threw inside the water,he was kept inside a belly of fish for three days and still alive,and because of his grace that God didn't want to kill him,helped others in the ship to be alive because the bible says where the sinners are being waged of there sins,the innocent would surely partake,if not others might perish with him.Jonah's deep sleepy is a sign of peace in trouble which always make some christians today to think they can be backslidding and still want God to understand,I.e God is not a forgottable God because He never forgotten that He sent him jonah an errands Nineveh.in short word,we all need grace and mercy because no one is perfect like Jesus christ.

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