The conversion of the sailors to Yahweh (Jon 1:16-1:16)

“Then the sailors

Feared Yahweh even more.

They offered a sacrifice

To Yahweh.

They made vows

To Yahweh.”

Thus, Jonah, despite his attempt to run away, converted these sailors to the worship of Yahweh.  Once the sea was calm, they were even more fearful of Jonah’s God, Yahweh.  Thus, they offered a sacrifice and made vows to Yahweh, the God who calmed the seas.

Jonah admits that he is the problem (Jon 1:12-1:12)

“Jonah said to them.

‘Pick me up!

Throw me

Into the sea!

Then the sea

Will quiet down

For you.

I know

That it is because of me

That this great storm

Has come upon you.’”

Jonah was quite frank with these sailors.  He told them to pick him up and throw him into the sea.  Then the sea would quiet down for them.  He knew that this great storm came to them because of him, since Yahweh was mad at him.

Jonah wins the lottery (Jon 1:7-1:7)

“The sailors

Said to one another.

‘Come!

Let us cast lots!

Thus,

We may know

On whose account

This calamity

Has come upon us.’

So,

They cast lots.

The lot fell on Jonah.”

These sailors said to each other that they wanted to cast lots, a common way of making decisions.  They wanted to know who was the cause of this great storm.  Jonah won the lottery, as the lot fell to him.  In other words, they considered that Jonah was the cause of the storm.