5 Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them.6 When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the [a]ashes.7 He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water.8 But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let [b]men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in [c]his hands.9 Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”
10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would [d]bring upon them. And He did not do it.
Jonah’s Displeasure Rebuked
4 But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry.2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, was not this [e]what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore [f]in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity.3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my [g]life from me, for death is better to me than life.”4 The Lord said, “Do you have good reason to be angry?”
5 Then Jonah went out from the city and sat east of [h]it. There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade until he could see what would happen in the city.6 So the Lord God appointed a [i]plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was [j]extremely happy about the [k]plant.7 But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day and it attacked the plant and it withered.8 When the sun came up God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, “Death is better to me than life.”
9 Then God said to Jonah, “Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “I have good reason to be angry, even to death.”10 Then the Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which [l]came up overnight and perished [m]overnight.
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