Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,[a] and (A)he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? (B)That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a (C)gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and (D)relenting from disaster. (E)Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, (F)for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, (G)“Do you do well to be angry?”

Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and (H)made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. Now the Lord God appointed a plant[b] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.[c] So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching (I)east wind, (J)and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he (K)was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, (L)“It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, (M)“Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity (N)Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much (O)cattle?”

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Footnotes

  1. Jonah 4:1 Hebrew it was exceedingly evil to Jonah
  2. Jonah 4:6 Hebrew qiqayon, probably the castor oil plant; also verses 7, 9, 10
  3. Jonah 4:6 Or his evil

(A)Who knows? God may turn and relent (B)and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

10 When God saw what they did, (C)how they turned from their evil way, (D)God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

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