Jonah’s Displeasure Rebuked
1 But it greatly° displeased° Jonah° and he became° aangry°. 2 He aprayed° to the LORD° and said°, “Please° LORD°, was not this° Iwhat° I said° while° I was still° in my [own] country°? Therefore°° IIin order to forestall° this I bfled° to Tarshish°, for I knew° that You are a cgracious° and compassionate° God°, slow° to anger° and abundant° in lovingkindness°, and one who relents° concerning° calamity°. 3 Therefore now°, O LORD°, please° atake° my Ilife° from me, for death° is bbetter° to me than° life°.” 4 The LORD° said°, “Do you have good° reason° to be angry°?”
 aJna 4:4, 9; Mt 20:15; Lk 15:28
 ILit my word IILit I was beforehand in fleeing aJr 20:7 bJna 1:3 cEx 34:6; Nu 14:18; Ps 86:5, 15; Jol 2:13
 ILit soul a1K 19:4; Jb 6:8, 9 bJb 7:15, 16; Ec 7:1
5 ¶ Then Jonah° went° out from the city° and sat° east° of Iit. There° he made° a shelter° for himself and asat° under° it in the shade° until°° he could see° what° would happen° in the city°. 6 So the LORD° God° appointed° a Iplant° and it grew° up over°° Jonah° to be a shade° over° his head° to deliver° him from his discomfort°. And Jonah° was IIextremely°° happy° about° the Iplant°. 7 But God° appointed° a worm° when dawn° came° the next° day° and it attacked° the plant° and it awithered°. 8 When the sun° came° up God° appointed° a scorching° aeast° wind°, and the bsun° beat° down° on Jonah’s° head° so that he became° faint° and begged° with [all] his soul° to die°, saying°, “cDeath° is better° to me than° life°.”
 ILit the city a1K 19:9, 13
 IProbably a castor oil plant, and so in vv 7, 9 and 10 IILit greatly
 aJol 1:12
 aEzk 19:12; Ho 13:15 bPs 121:6; Is 49:10 cJna 4:3
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° Icame° up overnight°° and perished° IIovernight°°. 11 Should I not ahave° compassion° on Nineveh°, the great° city° in which° there° are more° than° 120,000°°° persons° who° do not bknow° [the difference] between° their right° and left° hand°, as well as many° canimals°?”
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Jonah, repining at God's mercy,
1 ¶ But it displeased¹ª²² Jonahº exceedingly,ºº and he was very angry.ºª 2 And he prayedºª unto² the LORD,º and said,ºª I pray¹ thee,² O LORD,º [was] not² this² my saying,º when I was² yet² in² my country?º Therefore²² I fledºª beforeºª unto Tarshish:º for² I knewºª that² thou² [art] a graciousº God,º and merciful,º slowº to anger,º and of greatº kindness,º and repentestºª thee of² the evil.º 3 Therefore now,² O LORD,º take,ºª I beseech thee,²² my lifeº from² me; for² [it is] betterº for me to dieº than to live.º²
 Jna 4:9; Mt 20:15; Lk 7:39; 15:28; Ac 13:46; Jm 4:5.
 Ex 32:14; 34:6; Nu 14:18; 1K 19:4; Ps 78:38; 86:5, 15; 90:13; 145:8; Jr 18:8; 20:7; Ho 11:8; Jol 2:13; Am 7:3, 6; Jna 1:3; 3:10; Mi 7:18; Lk 10:29.
 Nu 11:15; 20:3; 1K 19:4; Jb 3:20; 6:8; 7:15; Ec 7:1; Jr 20:14; Jna 4:8; 1Co 9:15; Php 1:21.
is reproved by the type of a gourd.
4 ¶ Then saidºª the LORD,º Doest thou wellºª to be angry?ºª 5 So Jonahº went outºª of² the city,º and satºª on the east sideº² of the city,º and there² madeºª him a booth,º and satºª under² it in the shadow,º till² he might seeºª what² would become² of the city.º 6 And the LORDº Godº preparedºª a gourd,º and made [it] to come upºª over²² Jonah,º that it might be² a shadowº over² his head,º to deliverºª him from his grief.º² So Jonahº was² exceeding¹¹ glad¹ª²² of² the gourd.º 7 But Godº preparedºª a wormº when the morningº roseºª the next day,º and it smoteºª² the gourdº that it withered.ºª 8 And it came to pass,² when the sunº did arise,ºª that Godº preparedºª a vehementº eastº wind;º and the sunº beatºª upon² the headº of Jonah,º that he fainted,ºª and wishedºª in² himselfº to die,ºª and said,ºª [It is] betterº for me to dieº than to live.º² 9 And Godº saidºª to² Jonah,º Doest thou wellºª to be angryºª for² the gourd?º And he said,ºª I do wellºª to be angry,ºª [even] unto² death.º 10 Then saidºª the LORD,º Thou² hast had pityºª on² the gourd,º for the which² thou hast not² laboured,ºª neither² madest it grow;ºª which came up² in²² a night,º¹ and perishedºª in² a night:º¹ 11 And should not² I² spareºª² Nineveh,º that greatº city,º wherein² areº moreºª than sixscore¹¹ thousandº²²² personsº that² cannot² discernºª between² their right handº and their left hand;º and [also] muchº cattle?º
 Nu 20:11, 24; Ps 106:32; Jna 4:9; Mi 6:3; Mt 20:15; Jm 1:19.
 Gn 19:27; 1K 19:9, 13; Is 57:17; Jr 17:15; 20:9; Jna 1:5; Lk 19:41.
 Es 5:9; Ps 103:10; Pv 23:5; Is 39:2; Am 6:13; Jna 1:17; Lk 10:20; 1Co 7:30.
 Jb 1:21; Ps 30:6; 90:5; 102:10; Is 40:6; Jol 1:12.
 Lv 10:3; 1S 3:18; 2S 15:25; Jb 2:10; Ps 39:9; 121:6; So 1:6; Is 49:10; Ezk 19:12; Jna 1:4, 17; 4:3, 6; Rv 3:19; 7:16.
 Gn 4:5; Jg 16:16; Jb 5:2; 18:4; 40:4; Jna 4:4; Mt 26:38; 2Co 7:10; Rv 9:6.
 Gn 17:12; 1S 20:31.
 Dt 1:39; Ps 36:6; 104:14, 27; 145:8, 15; Is 1:18; Jna 1:2; 3:2; 4:1; Mt 18:33; Lk 15:28.
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