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

  • Barbara20
    When Jesus was asked by the priests for a sign. Jesus replied, can you not decern the sign of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation, no sign but the Prophet Jonas, meaning Jonah was sent to warn Ninevah to repent. The city repented for forty days, In sackcloth, and God spared them.
  • A disciple
    "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me." The wicked and the ungodly will scream and protest and seek every means to silence the servants of the LORD; but they don't know that it is of the LORD's mercies to warn them to repent, before they are finally brought to eternal judgment. We must see eye to eye with the LORD in all His purposes.
  • Cyrus
    Jonah was a man who knew God despite his weaknesses ,he knew God will forgive Nineveh if they repent,because He is.God of mercy...people could have seen him as false prophet after what he proclaimed fails to happens, the last chapter of book of Jonah explain his character well.
  • 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.

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