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Jonah Penitent

Jonah sets sail for Tarshish. Is presently
swallowed by a whale. Jehovah, observing him
firmly locked in its mouth, mercifully forgives
him.He commands the fish to vomit him ashore.
Penitent Jonah sets out as quickly as he can
for Nineveh.

They whirled me like a dart through the hurricane.
Cutting the water sharply I sank 3 fathoms into it.
At once a prepared fish (bigger than the ship,
with an eye like a cannonball) zoomed under me
& sucked me in

(where darkly I lay in a cave terrified
– he evidently thought me a crab or a squid).

Urgently from the depths
(with the teeth of the sea about me forever?)
I prayed to God. I REMEMBERED JEHOVAH!

Compassionately looking from heaven he forgot
my wickedness. This man is frightened foolish
& stupid
: ‘I FORGIVE HIM,’ he said.

As if a bolt had been flung
THE VAST FISH heard the command from above.
He cut his way through the sea like a black knife
to the shore.
HE RESTORED ME TO THE EARTH
& in 3 days PENITENT; I set out for Nineveh.

Note

Jonah takes ship ‘to the farthest port in the world’ to avoid Jehovah. In a  hurricane J chases j. With the ship about to sink the sailors fling Jonah into the turbulence.

A  great fish prepared by Jehovah swallows Jonah.

They rest for 3 days on the mud at the bottom of the sea. Then the GREAT FISH at J’s command tosses him ashore.