Bible: Jon 3

The People of Nineveh Respond to Jonah’s Warning

3:1 The Lord said to Jonah 1  a second time, 3:2 Go immediately 2  to Nineveh, that large city, 3  and proclaim to 4  it the message that I tell you.” 3:3 So Jonah went immediately to Nineveh, as the Lord had said. (Now Nineveh was an enormous city 5 it required three days to walk through it!) 6  3:4 When Jonah began to enter the city one day’s walk, he announced, “At the end of forty days, 7  Nineveh will be overthrown! 8 

3:5 The people 9  of Nineveh believed in God, 10  and they declared a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 11  3:6 When the news 12  reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his royal robe, put on sackcloth, and sat on ashes. 3:7 He issued a proclamation and said, 13  “In Nineveh, by the decree of the king and his nobles: No human or animal, cattle or sheep, is to taste anything; they must not eat and they must not drink water. 3:8 Every person and animal must put on sackcloth and must cry earnestly 14  to God, and everyone 15  must turn from their 16  evil way of living 17  and from the violence that they do. 18  3:9 Who knows? 19  Perhaps God might be willing to change his mind and relent 20  and turn from his fierce anger 21  so that we might not die.” 22  3:10 When God saw their actions – they turned 23  from their evil way of living! 24  – God relented concerning the judgment 25  he had threatened them with 26  and he did not destroy them. 27 

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