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4Q76 Minor Prophetsa
Date: 150-125 B.C.
Location: Qumran Cave 4
Contents: Jonah 1:1-5, 7-10, 15-17; 2:6; 3:2; Zechariah 14:18; Malachi 2:10-4:6 (Hebrew 2:10-3:24)
1 Now Yahweh’s word came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach against it, for their wickedness has come up before me.”
3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid its fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh. 4 But Yahweh sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty storm on the sea, so that the ship was likely to break up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and every man cried to his god. They threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone down into the innermost parts of the ship, and he was laying down, and was fast asleep.
7 They all said to each other, “Come! Let’s cast lots, that we may know who is responsible for this evil that is on us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they asked him, “Tell us, please, for whose cause this evil is on us. What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? Of what people are you?”
9 He said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear Yahweh, the God of heaven, and I fear he who has made the sea and the dry land.”
10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, “What have you done?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of Yahweh, because he had told them.
15 So they took up Jonah, and threw him into the sea; and the sea ceased its raging. 16 Then the men feared Yahweh exceedingly; and they offered a sacrifice to Yahweh, and made vows. 17 Yahweh prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains.
The earth barred me in forever:
yet have you brought up my life from the pit, Yahweh my God.
2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message as this that I give you.”
18 If the family of Egypt doesn’t go up, and doesn’t come, neither will it rain on them. This will be the plague with which Yahweh will strike the nations that don’t go up to keep the feast of tents.
10 Don’t we all have one
one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, profaning the covenant
of our fathers? 11 Judah has dealt
treacherously, and an abomination is committed in
Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the holiness of Yahweh
which he loves, and has married the
1 “Therefore behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way
before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will
suddenly come to his
temple; and the messenger of the covenant,
whom you desire, behold, he comes!” says Yahweh of Armies. 2 “But
who can endure
13 “Your words have been stout against me,” says Yahweh. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God;’ and ‘What profit is it that we have followed his instructions, and that we have walked mournfully before Yahweh of Armies? 15 Now we call the proud happy; yes, those who work wickedness are built up; and yes, they tempt God, and escape.’ 16 Then those who feared Yahweh spoke one with another; and Yahweh listened, and heard, and a book of memory was written before him, for those who feared Yahweh, and who honored his name. 17 They shall be mine,” says Yahweh of Armies, “my own possession in the day that I make, and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him. 18 Then you shall return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who doesn’t serve him.
behold, the day comes, it burns as a furnace; and all the proud, and all who
work wickedness, will be stubble; and the day that comes will burn them
up,” says Yahweh of Armies, “that it shall leave them neither
root nor branch. 2 But to you who fear my name shall the sun
of righteousness arise with healing in its wings. You will go out, and leap like
4 “Remember the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Yahweh comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
 The significant change in the latter part of Malachi 2:13 is due to only one Hebrew letter difference in the scroll as compared to the MT.
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