Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah had gone down into the lower part of the ship; and he had lain down, and was fast asleep.
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George Leo Haydock
God. They were idolaters, ver. 6.
Wares, which is commonly done in storms. (Calmet)
This loss was in punishment of their sins; though they seem not devoid of some fear of God and man. (Haydock)
Sleep. This is a lively image of the insensibility of sinners, fleeing from God, and threatened on every side with his judgments; and yet sleeping as if they were secure. (Challoner)
Yet Jonas was sleeping through grief. (St. Jerome) (Matthew xxvi. 40.) (Calmet)