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Jonah Poem

This is the entire book of Jonah, put into a poem format. The divisions correspond to the sermons I preached on the Book of Jonah and each poem was given at the end of those particular verses. The small dash in the middle of each poem is where the Bible text ends and my own ending poetry begins. I hope you will enjoy this poetic journey through Jonah.

Be advised, this is NOT to be considered for doctrine and is not an attempt to change the word of God from its intent and meaning. Rather, it is a poem based on Jonah, nothing more.

Jonah 1:1-3

So He Paid the Fare

Now the word of the LORD came, as I am now relaying

To Jonah the son of Amittai, saying

Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city

And cry out against it

For their wickedness has come up before Me

But Jonah arose to Tarshish to flee

From the presence of the LORD

He went down to Joppa, yes Joppa by the sea

And found a ship which was to Tarshish heading toward

So he paid the fare

And went down into it, yes, he got on board

To go with them to Tarshish

From the presence of the LORD

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Lord God, we are prone to run away from You

When we don’t want to do the things you ask of us

Even though it is always the right thing to do

Give us strength to comply, and to not put up a fuss

Grant that we will not flee from You

But that we would be willing to go when You call to us

And to do what we ought to do

To be obedient to Your will, just as did our Lord Jesus

Help us in this Lord God Almighty, surely this is right

May our hearts be obedient to what You desire of us

Help us to live for You, and be pleasing in Your sight

May we glorify You as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus

And may the lives we live give to You oodles of praise

Now in this earthly walk, and in heaven’s eternal days

Hallelujah and Amen…

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Jonah 1:4-6

Arise! Call on Your God

But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea

And there was on the sea a tempest mighty

So that the ship was about to be broken up thoroughly
Such was the power of the wind from the Almighty

Then the mariners were afraid, even sorely

And every man cried out to his god

And threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea

To lighten the load, the precious cargo gathered from abroad

But Jonah had gone down, without a peep

Into the lowest parts of the ship

Had lain down, and was fast asleep

He was enjoying a nap while on this trip

So the captain came to him, and to him said

What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God

Perhaps your God will consider us as we sail ahead

So that we may not perish on this ocean so broad

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Lord, can we hide from Your presence?
Could we attempt to secret ourselves away from You?

Instead, we should draw near and enjoy the pleasance

We know it is what You would have us to do

Help us, Lord, to be faithful to Your call upon our lives

And to never attempt to run from doing what is right

When Your call comes, yes the moment it arrives

May we be found to answer, and be pleasing in Your sight


Surely in this You will be happy with us

As we follow obediently, in the steps of our Lord Jesus

Hallelujah and Amen…

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Jonah 1:7-12

Pick Me Up and Throw Me in the Sea

And they said to one another, in a somewhat heated fuss

Come, let us cast lots, that we may know

For whose cause this trouble has come upon us

So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah; to Jonah it did go

Then they said to him, “Please tell us!

For whose cause is this trouble upon us? So asked the crew

What is your occupation? And where do you come from?

What is your country? And of what people are you?

So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew

And I fear the LORD, the God of heaven

Who made the sea and the dry land

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Then the men were exceedingly afraid and to him said

Why have you done this?” Words forbidding and bold

For the men knew that he fled

From the presence of the LORD, because them he had told

Then they said to him

Asking about their situation so grim

What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?”

for the sea was growing more tempestuous

And he said to them, in words stern but true

Pick me up and throw me into the sea

Then the sea will become calm for you

For I know that this great tempest is because of me

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Lord, how amazing it is for us to see

How Another was willing to die for us

There! There upon the cross of Calvary

Hangs the sinless Son of God, our Lord Jesus

And for us He was cast into death’s terrible sea

His life was taken so that we could live

And yet, over death He gained the victory

And to us, that victory He now does freely give

Praises to You, O God, for these things you have done

For the marvelous works, accomplished for us

Our highest praises for the gift of Your Son

Our precious, glorious Savior – our Lord Jesus


Hallelujah and Amen…

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Jonah 1:13-17

Peace from the Storm

Nevertheless, hard the men rowed

To return to land; their efforts almost furious

But they could not, as the events clearly showed

For the sea continued to grow against them more tempestuous

Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said

O LORD, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, we pray

And do not charge us with innocent blood when he is dead

For You, O LORD, have done as it pleased You here today

So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea

And the sea ceased from its raging completely

Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly

Surely they quivered and shook

And offered a sacrifice to the LORD

And also vows they took

Now the LORD had prepared a great fish, Jonah to swallow

And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights

There in the great fish’s belly he did wallow

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Lord God, it is we who have strayed from You

We have gone about our own way, without a care

And yet, ever faithful and true

You sent Jesus, in order that us You might spare

He was cast in to the pit of death so that we might live

What kind of love have You shown towards us!

What a marvelous Gift to us You did give

When You sent Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus

Now by our faith in Him, we are reconciled to You

And we are spared from being sent to the very pit of hell

And so we give You all of our praise, yes all that is due

For, our Lord Jesus has done everything so well

Hear our praise, and our voices full of thanksgiving

We have passed from the grip of death to the land of the living

Hallelujah and Amen…

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Jonah 2:1-4

Out of the Belly of Sheol

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God

From the fish’s belly; a place quite odd



And he said:

I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction

And He answered me

Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, hoping for fish-belly eviction

And You heard my voice, here in the depths of the sea

For You cast me into the deep

Into the heart of the seas where I was cast

And the floods surrounded me, as if me to keep

All Your billows and Your waves over me passed

Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight

Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple’

You shall relieve me from this plight

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Lord God, we have all been caught in the sea of sin

The breakers and the waves have surrounded us

Surely, there seemed no hope; we were done in

And yet, Praise God! You sent Your Son Jesus

We thank You, O God for the ending of all strife

We thank You for Christ Jesus who has granted us new life


Hallelujah and Amen…

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Jonah 2:5-10

Salvation is of the Lord

The waters surrounded me, even to my soul

The deep around me closed

Weeds were wrapped around my head; I had no control

My end was near, I supposed

I went down to the moorings of the mountains

The earth with its bars closed behind me forever

Yet You have brought up my life from the pit

O Lord, my God – I shall praise you, ceasing never

When my soul fainted within me; away it flew

I remembered the Lord

And my prayer went up to You

Into Your holy temple; there you received my word

Those who regard worthless idols, much is at stake

Surely their own Mercy they forsake

But I will sacrifice to You, this I convey

With the voice of thanksgiving: with my spoken word

What I have vowed, I will pay

Salvation is of the Lord

So the Lord spoke to the fish; He did command

And it vomited Jonah onto dry land

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God has shown us in His precious word
That being obstinate toward Him can only harm us

Instead, we need to bow to our glorious Lord

Giving honor and respect to Christ Jesus

Help us in this Lord, this we implore

Our hearts are so easily turned away

Give us of Your Spirit to overflowing and even more

So that we will bring honor to you each and every day

And to You we give all of our highest praise

And to You we shall look for eternal days

Hallelujah and Amen...

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Jonah 3:1-4

The Repentance of Nineveh

Now the word of the Lord came

To Jonah the second time, saying

Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city

And preach to it the message that I tell you; one I am relaying

So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh

According to the word of the Lord

Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city

A three-day journey in extent for it to be explored

And Jonah began to enter the city

On the first day’s walk, the Lord’s word he made known

Then he cried out and said

Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

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God has shown us in His precious word
That being obstinate towards Him can only harm us

Instead, we need to bow to our glorious Lord

Giving honor and respect to Christ Jesus

Help us in this Lord, this we implore

Our hearts are so easily turned away

Give us of Your Spirit to overflowing and even more

So that we will bring honor to you always, yes every day

And to You we give all of our highest praise

And to You we shall look for eternal days

Hallelujah and Amen...

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Jonah 3:5-10

The Repentance of Nineveh

So the people of Nineveh believed God

Proclaimed a fast; sackcloth they put on

From the greatest to the least of them

These garments of humility they did don

Then word came to the king of Nineveh

And he arose from his throne

And laid aside his robe

Covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes

His humility was openly shown

And he caused it to be proclaimed

And published throughout Nineveh

By the decree of the king and his nobles, saying

Yes, these are the words he did say

Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything

Do not let them eat, or drink water

Nothing to your lips you shall bring

But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth

And cry mightily to God; we know He understands

Yes, let everyone turn from his evil way

And from the violence that is in his hands

Who can tell if God will turn and relent

And turn away from His fierce anger

So that we may not perish; so that mercy can be sent

Then God saw their works

That they turned from their evil way

And God relented from the disaster that He had said

He would bring upon them, and He did not do it that day

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Lord God, how gracious You are to save those who will but turn

If we abandon the reckless path which we are on

Help us to think on this, and then to learn

Before the number of our days is expired and gone

Now, yes now is the time of salvation

And to You with hearts grateful and full we turn

Praises to You, O God, from the grateful nation

Of people from all lands, whose hearts for You burn

Thank You for Christ Jesus our Lord

And for the gospel message found in Your superior word

Hallelujah and Amen…

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Jonah 4:1-4

A Gracious and Merciful God

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly

And he became angry

So he prayed to the Lord, and said

Ah, Lord, was not this what I said

When I was still in my country?

Therefore I previously to Tarshish fled

For I know that You are a gracious and merciful God

Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness

One who relents from doing harm

Instead, You would turn and bless

Therefore now, O Lord

Please take my life from me

For it is better for me to die than to live!”

This I feel assuredly

Then the Lord said

Is it right for you to be angry instead?”

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How is it Lord, that our hearts are bent on evil and away from You

We turn to the left rather than to the right

We follow after wickedness, searching out what’s new

We pursue it rising early, and late into the night

But when grace is found, we rejoice on that day

We raise our hands in victory and sing our song to You

Through the cross of Calvary, our sins are washed away

And upon us comes true life, wonderful and new

But when we see others, caught in their sin

We turn away as if it was never true with us

We smile upon the day when they will be done in

Forgetting that we once were cleansed by the blood of Jesus

Help us Lord to learn the lesson of Jonah as well

That we should have pity on the lost and wayward soul

Better to share the love of Christ than see them cast into hell

Better to see that sinner added to heaven’s roll

Grant us a heart to remember where we once were

Help us to remember this throughout all of our days

So that by our words many, many souls will be safe and secure

And together we can all sing to You songs of joy and praise


May it be so, may we speak openly about Jesus

Who came to die not for some, but for every one of us

Hallelujah and Amen…

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Jonah 4:5-11

The Law and Grace – An Object Lesson

So Jonah went out of the city and sat

On the city’s east side

There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade

Till he might see what would become of the city

What would the Lord decide?

And the Lord God prepared a plant

And made it come up over Jonah assuredly

That it might be shade for his head

To deliver him from his misery

So Jonah was very grateful for the plant

But as morning dawned the next day

God prepared a worm

And it so damaged the plant that it withered away

And it happened, when the sun arose

That God, a vehement east wind prepared

And the sun beat on Jonah’s head

So that he grew faint; thus he fared

Then he wished death for himself, and said

It is better for me to die than to live; I’m better off dead!”

Then God said to Jonah

Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

And he said, “It is right for me to be angry!

Even to death! So, Jonah continued his rant

But the Lord said

You have had pity on the plant, an insignificant plight

For which you have not labored, nor made it grow

Which came up in a night and perished in a night

And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city

In which are more than a giant herd or flock

One hundred and twenty thousand persons

Who cannot discern between their right hand and their left

And much livestock?”

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Lord God, thank You for grace; glorious grace

Thank You for fulfilling what stood opposed to us

Thank You for turning towards us Your marvelous face

As we behold our Savior, our precious Jesus

And Lord, we pray for those who still choose

To cling to the law which is dead; withered away

Open the eyes of Israel, all of the Jews

Call them back to Yourself, this we pray

And for any others who have left Your grace

Clinging to the law in a hope it will please

Turn them away from that terrible place

And to reconciliation through Christ

Who alone can Your wrath appease?

Lord God, thank you for this wonderful book

Jonah! What a marvel to have studied it

Into every detail possible we took a look

And to You our thanks and praise we now submit!

Hallelujah to Christ our Lord!

Hallelujah for Jonah, a marvelous part of Your superior word!

Hallelujah and Amen…












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