The New King James Version

Jonah 4:1–11

Jonah’s Anger and God’s Kindness

4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I afled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a bgracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. cTherefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for dit is better for me to die than to live!”

Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city. And the Lord God prepared a 1plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah 2was very grateful for the plant. But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered. And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah’s head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, eIt is better for me to die than to live.”

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

And he said, “It is right for me to be angry, even to death!”

10 But the Lord said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which 3came up in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not pity Nineveh, fthat great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons gwho cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?

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Heb. kikayon, exact identity unknown

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Lit. rejoiced with great joy

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Lit. was a son of a night

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