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

  • Emanuel Fernandes
    Gods commandments are simple read Romans obedience unto righteousness ( Niveneah) or sin unto death(sodom) God woudlve spared sodom but found no obedience unto righteousness apart from lot
  • A disciple
    Christian Powell; What is the difference between Sodom and Nineveh? and why was one shown mercy and the other destroyed? The men of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah: God's pronouncement of imminent destruction convicted them of their sins, and they responded appropriately. Although Sodom had Lot living among them, there wasn't one person who took it to heart. Read Ezekiel 16:49-50
  • Christian powell
    The story of Jonah is clearly demonstrate Gods love to humanity, hi desire to save us and are not willing that we perish by his judgement. with this being the case, a question of thought comes to mind. what is the difference between Nineveh and Sodom and Gomorrah. How dose one explain Gods mercy for one but destruction for the other, his will to save one and destroy the other.
  • BSP
    In verse 9 I really appreciate how Jonah openly confessed his wrong. He took responsibility for his wrong actions.
  • When we commit sin, there is nothing that we can do to justify the sin or pervert God's judgment other than to repent of it.
  • Lucille
    What's can we learn from Jonah life is not to be Disobedient, unfaithful, stubborn, proud, and altogether bad-tempered, cantankerous,old curmudgeon

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