Jonah 1:4-5. But the Lord sent out a great wind The extraordinary greatness of it, with the suddenness of its rising, and the terrible effects it was likely to produce, showed that it was supernatural, and came from God, displeased with all, or with some one in the ship. Then the mariners were afraid As they had great reason to be, since this preternatural tempest fell upon them with such great violence; and cried every man unto his god To their several idols, as being heathen and ignorant of the true God. And cast forth the wares that were in the ship By which they showed in what extreme danger they judged even their lives to be. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship Into a cabin in one of the sides of the ship. And he lay, and was fast asleep This profound sleep of Jonah seems to have been caused by his weariness, labour, and anxiety: it was “not the sleep of security,” says St. Jerome, “but of sorrow;” like that of the apostles, Matthew 26:40.
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