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Jonah 4 Expanded Bible (EXB)

God’s Mercy Makes Jonah Angry

But this made Jonah very unhappy, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “When I was still in my own country ·this is [L isn’t this…?] what I said would happen, and that is why I quickly ran away to Tarshish [1:3]. I knew that you are a God who is ·kind [gracious] and ·shows mercy [compassionate]. ·You don’t become angry quickly […slow to anger], and you ·have great love [abound in lovingkindness/mercy; Ex. 34:6–7]. I knew you would ·choose not to cause [relent from doing] harm. So now I ask you, Lord, please ·kill me [take my life]. It is better for me to die than to live.”

Then the Lord said, “Do you think it is right for you to be angry?”

Jonah went out and sat down east of the city. There he made a shelter for himself and sat in the shade, waiting to see what would happen to the city. The Lord made a ·plant [gourd] grow quickly up over Jonah, which gave him shade and ·helped him to be more comfortable [eased his discomfort]. Jonah was very pleased to have the ·plant [gourd]. But the next day when the sun rose, God sent a worm to attack the ·plant [gourd] so that it ·died [dried up; withered].

As the sun rose higher in the sky, God sent a very hot east wind to blow, and the sun ·became so hot [beat down] on Jonah’s head that he became ·very weak [faint] and wished he were dead. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

But God said to Jonah, “Do you think it is right for you to be angry about the ·plant [gourd]?”

Jonah answered, “It is right for me to be angry! I am so angry I could die!”

10 And the Lord said, “You ·are so concerned [have pity] for that ·plant [gourd] even though you did nothing to make it grow. It appeared ·one day [overnight], and ·the next day [overnight] it died. 11 Then shouldn’t I ·show concern [have pity] for the great city Nineveh, which has more than one hundred twenty thousand people who do not know ·right from wrong [L their right hand from their left], and ·many animals [much cattle], too?”

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