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

  • [email protected]
    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
  • Sandy C
    There are a lot of Jonahs out here and we all can learn from his mistake( The word of God tells us that Obedience is better than sacrifices) it explains to us in the book of Galatians that u will Reap what u sew ! And Jonah knew what he had done,he wanted to see if he could get away with it But God was waiting to meet him at his Arrival,u can always run But u can't hide from your Maker.
  • Irene123
    When witnessing to souls we need the gift of discerning of spirits, 1 Cor.12:10. To acquire these gifts we must be saved in Jesus' way, Acts 2:38, not our way as just simply saying the words of Rom. 10:13 (14-16). "... calling on the NAME of the Lord ..."; the man of God who baptizes you uses the words of Acts 2:38, Just as Jesus said in Matt. 28:19 "... in the NAME of ..."
  • Linda owami ncube
    Jonah knew he had done something wrong '' he rose up and fled to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, the mariners were afraid and cried to their Gods but Jonah remained fast asleep, HE somehow knew he was the cause of the tragedy that had befell them on the ship...as chrisian we should learn to be truthful to ourselves, always know that no man can hide from God, or his presence...
  • 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.

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