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Jonah and the Whale
From Annual Mammoth Book, Florence Winship
WhitmanPublishing Company, Racine, Wisconsin. 1934.

     GOD appeared to Jonah, a loyal Hebrew, and asked him to go to Nineveh, to warn the people of that great city against their wickedness. But Jonah did not want to go, and took passage on a ship instead.
     The Lord was angry, and sent a great tempest, so that the ship was tossed and beaten by waves.
     The sailors drew lots, to see who was the cause of the evil, and the lot fell to Jonah. He explained that he was fleeing from the Lord, and told them to cast him overboard, so that the sea would be calm.
     The men did not like to do this, and tried to bring the boat to land safely, but they could not. At last they cast Jonah into the sea, and the winds became quiet and the waters were calm again.
     The Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights. He prayed to God and promised to do his bidding in the future. Then God spoke to the fish, and it set Jonah safely up on the dry land.
     Then the Lord asked Jonah a second time to go to Nineveh to preach to the people.It was a long three-days' journey, but Jonah did not hesitate. He preached so earnestly that the people of Nineveh repented, and the city was saved.