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Ionas 4 Biblia Sacra Vulgata (VULGATE)

Et afflictus est Jonas afflictione magna, et iratus est:

et oravit ad Dominum, et dixit: Obsecro, Domine, numquid non hoc est verbum meum cum adhuc essem in terra mea? propter hoc praeoccupavi ut fugerem in Tharsis: scio enim quia tu Deus clemens et misericors es, patiens et multae miserationis, et ignoscens super malitia.

Et nunc, Domine, tolle, quaeso, animam meam a me, quia melior est mihi mors quam vita.

Et dixit Dominus: Putasne bene irasceris tu?

Et egressus est Jonas de civitate, et sedit contra orientem civitatis: et fecit sibimet umbraculum ibi, et sedebat subter illud in umbra, donec videret quid accideret civitati.

Et praeparavit Dominus Deus hederam, et ascendit super caput Jonae, ut esset umbra super caput ejus, et protegeret eum (laboraverat enim): et laetatus est Jonas super hedera laetitia magna.

Et paravit Deus vermen ascensu diluculi in crastinum: et percussit hederam, et exaruit.

Et cum ortus fuisset sol, praecepit Dominus vento calido et urenti: et percussit sol super caput Jonae, et aestuabat: et petivit animae suae ut moreretur, et dixit: Melius est mihi mori quam vivere.

Et dixit Dominus ad Jonam: Putasne bene irasceris tu super hedera? Et dixit: Bene irascor ego usque ad mortem.

10 Et dixit Dominus: Tu doles super hederam in qua non laborasti, neque fecisti ut cresceret; quae sub una nocte nata est, et sub una nocte periit:

11 et ego non parcam Ninive, civitati magnae, in qua sunt plus quam centum viginti millia hominum qui nesciunt quid sit inter dexteram et sinistram suam, et jumenta multa?

Jonah 4 New International Version (NIV)

Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant[a] and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”


  1. Jonah 4:6 The precise identification of this plant is uncertain; also in verses 7, 9 and 10.
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