Jonah 1:8

“Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then said they vnto him, Tel vs, we pray thee, for whose cause this euill is vpon vs: What is thine occupation? and whence commest thou? What is thy countrey? and of what people art thou?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then they said to him, "Tell us, now! On whose account {has} this calamity {struck} us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; what is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then they said to him, Now make clear to us what is your work, and where you come from? what is your country, and who are your people?
- Basic English Bible

And they said unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us: what is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
- Darby Bible

Then said they to him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thy occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
- Webster's Bible

Then they asked him, "Tell us, please, for whose cause this evil is on us. What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? Of what people are you?"
- World English Bible

And they say unto him, `Declare to us, we pray thee, on what account this evil [is] on us? what [is] thine occupation, and whence comest thou? what [is] thy country, seeing thou art not of this people?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Then said they unto him: 'Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us: what is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jonah 1:8


1:8 Tell us - What hast thou done, for which God is so angry with thee, and with us for thy sake?


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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