So he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will be calm for you, for I know that it is because of me that this great storm is upon you.” Bible

“Pick me up and throw me into the sea.” The lives of the sailors and the wellbeing of the ship were at risk because of Jonah, and it seems at this point that he knew that his only option was to be thrown overboard to die in the ocean. Although we might think Jonah could have said, “Row me to land and let me off the ship,” his option to be thrown into the sea proved to be correct when the men tried to row him to shore but could not. This is an unusual case because God does not require the death penalty for disobedience to Him, but in this instance God was setting up a type that would be clarified almost 800 years later when Jesus was three days and three nights in the grave and spoke of the sign of Jonah (Matt. 12:40).

Commentary for: Jonah 1:12