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Jonah 1:16

    Jonah 1:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD, and made vows.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then the men feared Jehovah exceedingly; and they offered a sacrifice unto Jehovah, and made vows.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then great was the men's fear of the Lord; and they made an offering to the Lord and took oaths to him.

    Webster's Revision

    Then the men feared Jehovah exceedingly; and they offered a sacrifice unto Jehovah, and made vows.

    World English Bible

    Then the men feared Yahweh exceedingly; and they offered a sacrifice to Yahweh, and made vows.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly; and they offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.

    Clarke's Commentary on Jonah 1:16

    Offered a sacrifice - The first perhaps ever offered on board a vessel since the ark floated on the waters of the great deluge; and it is most probable that these heathens, witnessing what was done, became sincere converts to the true God.

    Barnes' Notes on Jonah 1:16

    And the men feared the Lord with a great fear - because, from the tranquility of the sea and the ceasing of the tempest, they saw that the prophet's words were true. This great miracle completed the conversion of the mariners. God had removed all human cause of fear; and yet, in the same words as before, he says, "they feared a great fear;" but he adds, "the Lord." It was the great fear, with which even the disciples of Jesus feared, when they saw the miracles which He did, which made even Peter say, Luke 5:8. "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." Events full of wonder had thronged upon them; things beyond nature, and contrary to nature; tidings which betokened His presence, Who had all things in His hands. They had seen "wind and storm fulfilling His word" Psalm 148:8, and, forerunners of the fishermen of Galilee, knowing full well from their own experience that this was above nature, they felt a great awe of God. So He commanded His people, "Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God Deuteronomy 6:13, for thy good always" Deuteronomy 6:24.

    And offered a sacrifice - Doubtless, as it was a large decked vessel and bound on a long voyage, they had live creatures on board, which they could offer in sacrifice. But this was not enough for their thankfulness; "they vowed vows." They promised that they would do thereafter what they could not do then ; "that they would never depart from Him whom they had begun to worship." This was true love, not to be content with aught which they could do, but to stretch forward in thought to an abiding and enlarged obedience, as God should enable them. And so they were doubtless enrolled among the people of God, firstfruits from among the pagan, won to God Who overrules all things, through the disobedience and repentance of His prophet. Perhaps, they were the first preachers among the pagan, and their account of their own wonderful deliverance prepared the way for Jonah's mission to Nineveh.