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Jonah disobeys the command of God, ver. 1 - 3.
Is arrested by a storm, ver. 4 - 6.
Discovered to be the cause of the storm, ver. 7 - 10.
Cast into the sea and swallowed by a fish, ver. 11 - 17.
2: That great city - It is said to have been one hundred and fifty
furlongs in length, that is eighteen miles and three quarters, and
eleven miles and one quarter in breadth.
3: From the presence - From the place where God usually had shewed
himself present, by revealing his word and will to his prophets.
Perhaps he might think God would not put him upon this work, when he
was got into a strange country.
5: Into the sides - ln some cabin or other, whither he went before
the storm arose.
6: Will think upon us - With pity and favour.
7: Cast lots - "Lots are an appeal to heaven in doubtful cases, and
therefore not to be used but where the matter is undeterminable in any
8: Tell us - What hast thou done, for which God is so angry with
thee, and with us for thy sake?
9: I fear - I worship and serve the true God; the eternal and
almighty God, who made and ruleth the heavens.
13: Rowed hard - They were willing to be at any labour to save him.
14: Unto the Lord - Now they all cry to Jonah's God, to
Jehovah. And said - Let us not perish for taking away his life.
Hast done - Sending the tempest, arresting the prophet by it, detecting
him by lot, sentencing him by his own mouth, and confirming the
condemning sentence by the continuance of the storm.
16: Feared the Lord - Perhaps as Jonah's casting over - board was a
type of Christ's death, so the effect it had upon the mariners might
be a type of the conversion of the Heathen from idols unto God.
Made vows - Probably they vowed, they would ever worship him whom
Jonah preached, the Creator of heaven and earth.
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.