Jonah 1:1-2


How about some Old Testament, too? I hear Jonah’s fairly easy.

I plan on averaging two verses a day. If I start slacking, please commence the public ridicule here, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

וַיְהִי דְּבַר־יְהוָה אֶל־יוֹנָה בֶן־אֲמִתַּי לֵאמֹר׃ קוּם לֵךְ אֶל־נִינְוֵה הָעִיר הַגְּדוֹלָה וּקְרָא עָלֶיהָ כִּי־עָלְתָה רָעָתָם לְפָנָי׃


1 Now this was the word of the Lord to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and call upon them because their evil has come up before me.”

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5 Responses to “Jonah 1:1-2”

  1. Thanks for doing this Adam! A couple of miscellaneous questions:

    1) What should we do with the idioms/Semitisms in the passage? You seem NOT to translate va-yihi (Greek kai egeneto) at the beginning, but then proceed to translate the somewhat superfluous lemor (Greek legon) as “saying.”

    2) Does the word “Arise” sound archaic to you? Would “Get up and go” work just as well, if not better? The question here, I suppose, is one of naturalness.

    3) “Call upon them” is a bit ambiguous. Is this a social call? 🙂

    Just a few thoughts. I appreciate you taking the time to read and translate the Word!

  2. 2 Jim

    you’ve misapprehended the significance of the first words. the word of yahweh ‘happened’ to jonah. you have to make that fact known in your rendering. the usual ‘the word of the lord came…’ too misses the significance of the phrase.

  3. 3 Jim

    plus, by the way, it’s just wrong.

  4. 4 Adam

    Brothers, thanks for each of your two cents. I’ve got to admit, it’s a little intimidating, so thanks for being nice in your critiques. 🙂

    I’ll post a revision this evening with the verses for today.

  5. Brother, I like your English translation, but what is all that chicken scratch above it?

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