"like Jonah in the Ship of Tarshish"
Depiction of Jonah and the whale on the south doorway of the Dom St. Peter in Worms, Germany.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeDepiction of Jonah and the whale on the south doorway of the Dom St. Peter in Worms, Germany. - Credit: Rebecca Kennison

This references the Bible story of Jonah and the Whale, in which Jonah attempts to escape from God on a ship to Tarshish, and ends up being thrown into the sea and swallowed by a whale.

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

Jonah 1:3

 

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