Why is Jonah 1:17 missing in the BHS (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia)?
- The verse is not missing. - Unlike English bibles (KJV, RSV, ESV, NASB, etc.), the Masoretic Text (MT) of the Tanakh never had verse Jonah 1:17. Jonah 1:17 [is] verse Yonah 2:1.
Yonah / Jonah 2:1 [MT]
“And YHVH appointed a great fish to swallow up Yonah, and-Yonah was in the belly of the-fish for three days and three nights.” ( וַיְמַ֚ן יְהֹוָה֙ דָּ֣ג גָּד֔וֹל לִבְלֹ֖עַ אֶת־יוֹנָ֑ה וַיְהִ֚י יוֹנָה֙ בִּמְעֵ֣י הַדָּ֔ג שְׁלֹשָׁ֥ה יָמִ֖ים וּשְׁלֹשָׁ֥ה לֵילֽוֹת )
Jonah 1:17 [KJV]
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.