Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get the ship back to the land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more stormy against them. Bible

“get the ship back to the land.” The Hebrew text does not supply an object, but simply reads, “to bring back to land.” The implied object seems to be “the ship,” which is supplied in many versions. From the perspective of the sailors, getting the ship to land even in the storm would not have been impossible. In those ancient times, the ships did not have any reliable way to tell where they were once they were out of sight of land if it was cloudy, and most ships were quite small, so the custom was to sail along the coast in the sight of land. So it was likely that the sailors could see the land they were trying to get to, but the storm kept them from reaching land.

Commentary for: Jonah 1:13