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Jonah 1:11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” 13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.

Do the sailors offer a sacrifice to the Lord while still in the boat?

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Jonah 1:5a

All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.

  1. The sailors didn't worship the LORD before.

  2. They threw out a lot of stuff when the storm hit.

NIV Jonah 1:

15Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him.

The text seems to indicate that they did a quick sacrifice on board with whatever resources they still had at the time. Since they didn't know how to properly worship the LORD, they would have to do one properly after they had landed. Verse 16 mentions two items: sacrifice and made vows to the LORD. Out of fear and reverence, one thing that they might have vowed could be to worship the LORD properly after they had landed. In those days, formal worship ritual was a big deal.

Jonah 1:16 Do the sailors offer a sacrifice to the Lord while still in the boat?

They probably did an informal one in the boat and a formal one afterward on land.

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  • Good answer +1.
    – Dottard
    May 4 at 20:51
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  1. Some commentators say that they offered a sacrifice once they reached land as they did not have anything left on the ship. They base on verse Jonah 1:5. But this is talking about the Cargo they were transporting not necessarily all the animals, I don't think they threw any living things out.

Jonah 1:5 In their fright, the sailors cried out, each to his own god; and they flung the ship’s cargo overboard to make it lighter for them. Jonah, meanwhile, had gone down into the hold of the vessel where he lay down and fell asleep. 2. These people were not Israelites but it looks like they heard about the God of Abraham and were alarmed that Jonah was running away from God. 3. They might have been some race from Africa so they might have a very simpler sacrificial process than the elaborate one that Israelites use. 4. So I think they offered the sacrifice of a goat or sheep or some other farm animal in the ship.

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