Bible: Jonah 3:5-4:3

3:5 The people 1  of Nineveh believed in God, 2  and they declared a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 3  3:6 When the news 4  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, 5  “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 6  to God, and everyone 7  must turn from their 8  evil way of living 9  and from the violence that they do. 10  3:9 Who knows? 11  Perhaps God might be willing to change his mind and relent 12  and turn from his fierce anger 13  so that we might not die.” 14  3:10 When God saw their actions – they turned 15  from their evil way of living! 16  – God relented concerning the judgment 17  he had threatened them with 18  and he did not destroy them. 19 

Jonah Responds to God’s Kindness

4:1 This displeased Jonah terribly 20  and he became very angry. 21  4:2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “Oh, Lord, this is just what I thought 22  would happen 23  when I was in my own country. 24  This is what I tried to prevent 25  by attempting to escape to Tarshish! 26  – because I knew 27  that you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger 28  and abounding 29  in mercy, and one who relents concerning threatened judgment. 30  4:3 So now, Lord, kill me instead, 31  because I would rather die than live! 32 

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