Jonah 1:9
New International Version
He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

New Living Translation
Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”

English Standard Version
And 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.”

Berean Study Bible
“I am a Hebrew,” replied Jonah. “I worship the LORD, the God of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land.”

King James Bible
And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

New King James Version
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.

New American Standard Bible
So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.”

NASB 1995
He said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.”

NASB 1977
And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.”

Amplified Bible
So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I [reverently] fear and worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

Christian Standard Bible
He answered them, “I’m a Hebrew. I worship the LORD, the God of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He answered them, “I’m a Hebrew. I worship Yahweh, the God of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land.”

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear Jehovah, the God of heaven, who hath made the sea and the dry land.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yonan said to them: ‘I am a Hebrew and I worship LORD JEHOVAH, the God of Heaven who made the sea and the dry land’

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he said to them, I am a servant of the Lord; and I worship the Lord God of heaven, who made the sea, and the dry land.

Contemporary English Version
Jonah answered, "I'm a Hebrew, and I worship the LORD God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord the God of heaven, who made both the sea and the dry land.

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

Good News Translation
"I am a Hebrew," Jonah answered. "I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made land and sea."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jonah answered them, "I'm a Hebrew. I worship the LORD, the God of heaven. He is the God who made the sea and the land."

International Standard Version
"I'm a Hebrew," he replied, "and I'm afraid of the LORD God of heaven, who made the sea—along with the dry land!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said unto them: 'I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who hath made the sea and the dry land.'

Literal Standard Version
And he says to them, “I—a Hebrew, and I fear YHWH, God of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land.”

NET Bible
He said to them, "I am a Hebrew! And I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."

New Heart English Bible
He said to them, "I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land."

World English Bible
He said to them, "I am a Hebrew, and I fear Yahweh, the God of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith unto them, 'A Hebrew I am, and Jehovah, God of the heavens, I am reverencing, who made the sea and the dry land.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Great Storm
8“Tell us now,” they demanded, “who is to blame for this calamity that is upon us? What is your occupation, and where have you come from? What is your country, and who are your people?” 9“I am a Hebrew,” replied Jonah. “I worship the LORD, the God of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10Then the men were even more afraid and said to him, “What have you done?” The men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.…

Cross References
Genesis 14:13
Then an escapee came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living near the Oaks of Mamre the Amorite, a brother of Eshcol and Aner, all of whom were bound by treaty to Abram.

Exodus 1:15
Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,

Exodus 2:13
The next day Moses went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, "Why are you attacking your companion?"

2 Kings 17:25
Now when the settlers first lived there, they did not worship the LORD, so He sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

2 Kings 17:28
Thus one of the priests they had carried away came and lived in Bethel, and he began to teach them how they should worship the LORD.

Ezra 1:2
"This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: 'The LORD, the God of heaven, who has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, has appointed me to build a house for Him at Jerusalem in Judah.

Nehemiah 1:4
When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.


Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which has made the sea and the dry land.

I am.

Genesis 14:13
And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.

Genesis 39:14
That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:

Philippians 3:5
Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

and I.

2 Kings 17:25,28,32-35
And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them…

Job 1:9
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Hosea 3:5
Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.

the Lord.

Ezra 1:2
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

Ezra 5:11
And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up.

Ezra 7:12,13
Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time…

which.

Nehemiah 9:6
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

Psalm 95:5,6
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land

Psalm 146:5,6
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: …









(9) And he said . . .--"The emergency recalls Jonah to his true self. All the better part of his character now comes out. His conduct throughout the remainder of the chapter is dignified and manly, worthy of a servant and prophet of Jehovah" (Perowne).

I am a Hebrew.--The original order is more striking, A Hebrew I. The LXX. read, "a servant of the Lord."

Which hath made . . .--These words mark the great change that has already come upon the prophet. He feels now how futile it was to try to hide or fly from the Creator of all the universe. But he speaks also for the sake of the crew, who, though recognising the existence of Jehovah as the tribal God of Israel, had never realised His relation to themselves as Creator of the world in which they lived, and of the sea on which they sailed. The storm preached the omnipotence of God.

Verse 9. I am an Hebrew. This is the name used by foreigners in speaking of Israelites, or by Israelites in speaking of themselves to Gentiles (see Genesis 14:13; Genesis 39:14; Genesis 41:12; Exodus 1:16; 1 Samuel 4:6, for the former use; and for the latter, Genesis 40:15; Exodus 2:7; Exodus 3:18). Convinced that God had miraculously pointed him out as the culprit on whose account the storm was sent, and goaded by the stings of conscience, Jonah loses all his previous indecision and spiritual stupor, and in a manly and straightforward way confesses the truth without disguise. The LXX., reading differently, renders, Δοῦλος Κυρίου εἰμὶ ἐγώ, "A servant of Jehovah am I." This makes a tautological statement with the next words, and leaves one of the sailors' questions unanswered. I fear the Lord. I worship, reverence (σέβομαι, Septuagint) Jehovah, who is not a local deity like the false gods whom you adore, but the Creator of heaven and earth, the Maker and Ruler of sea and dry land. So Abraham calls the Lord the God of heaven (Genesis 24:7), and Daniel (Daniel 2:37, 44) uses the same expression (comp. Psalm 96:5; Jeremiah 10:11).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“I am
אָנֹ֑כִי (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 595: I

a Hebrew,”
עִבְרִ֣י (‘iḇ·rî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 5680: Hebrews -- perhaps descendant of Eber, also another name for an Israelite

replied Jonah.
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“I
אֲנִ֣י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

worship
יָרֵ֔א (yā·rê)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 3373: Fearing, reverent

the LORD,
יְהוָ֞ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

the God
אֱלֹהֵ֤י (’ĕ·lō·hê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

of the heavens,
הַשָּׁמַ֙יִם֙ (haš·šā·ma·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky

who
אֲשֶׁר־ (’ă·šer-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

made
עָשָׂ֥ה (‘ā·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

the sea
הַיָּ֖ם (hay·yām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3220: A sea, the Mediterranean Sea, large river, an artifical basin

and the dry land.”
הַיַּבָּשָֽׁה׃ (hay·yab·bā·šāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 3004: Dry land, dry ground


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