The book commences by God’s word coming to Jonah the prophet. The Lord commands Jonah to go to the capital of the Assyrian empire. Instead, the prophet heads to Joppa and plans to head to Tarshish, which is believed to be in Europe. However, the Lord sent a storm to prevent Jonah from fleeing. Eventually, the truth comes out that Jonah is fleeing from Jehovah, the maker of the sea and the dry land. Jonah tells them that he is to blame for the storm, and if they throw him overboard, the storm will stop. The men try to row back to the land, but this only exacerbates the ferocity of the storm. Therefore, the men cast Jonah into the sea, and the ocean was characterized by a state of ataraxy. Thus, the mean feared God and offered sacrifice to the Lord.
The Lord commands a fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah fears for his life. Eventually, Jonah comes to the realization that salvation is God’s prerogative not his. Once Jonah comes to this realization, the Lord commands the fish to vomit Jonah unto the dry land. The word of the Lord comes to Jonah a second time, and this time Jonah obeys, and he proclaims the word of the Lord to the Ninevites who respond by repenting in ashes and sackcloth. Consequently, the Lord relents concerning the calamity that he intended.