|Jonah 4 |
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
2 And he prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD, was this not what I said when I was still in my country? That is why I fled to Tarshish for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, who relents from sending disaster.
3 Therefore now, O LORD, I beseech you, take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."
4 Then the LORD said, "Is it right for you to be angry?"
5 So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city, and made himself a shelter there; and he sat under it in its shade until he might see what would become of the city.
6 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah, so that it might be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was very glad about the vine.
7 But when the sun dawned the next day God provided a worm, and it attacked the vine so that it withered.
8 And when the sun rose, God provided a vehement east wind, and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah so that he fainted and wished himself dead, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live."
9 And God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the vine?" And Jonah said, "It is right for me to be angry, angry enough to die."
10 Then the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, for which you have not labored nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night.
11 Should I not spare Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand, and many cattle as well?"