NASB — Jonah 4 — KJV

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?”

[1] aJna 4:4, 9; Mt 20:15; Lk 15:28
[2] 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
[3] 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.”

[5] ILit the city a1K 19:9, 13
[6] IProbably a castor oil plant, and so in vv 7, 9 and 10 IILit greatly
[7] aJol 1:12
[8] 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?”

[10] ILit was a son of a night IILit a son of a night
[11] aJna 3:10 bDt 1:39; Is 7:16 cPs 36:6


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Jonah, repining at God's mercy,

1 ¶ But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, [was] not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou [art] a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for [it is] better for me to die than to live.

[1] Jna 4:9; Mt 20:15; Lk 7:39; 15:28; Ac 13:46; Jm 4:5.
[2] 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.
[3] 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 said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? 5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made [it] to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, [It is] better for me to die than to live. 9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, [even] unto death. 10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and [also] much cattle?

[4] Nu 20:11, 24; Ps 106:32; Jna 4:9; Mi 6:3; Mt 20:15; Jm 1:19.
[5] Gn 19:27; 1K 19:9, 13; Is 57:17; Jr 17:15; 20:9; Jna 1:5; Lk 19:41.
[6] Es 5:9; Ps 103:10; Pv 23:5; Is 39:2; Am 6:13; Jna 1:17; Lk 10:20; 1Co 7:30.
[7] Jb 1:21; Ps 30:6; 90:5; 102:10; Is 40:6; Jol 1:12.
[8] 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.
[9] 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.
[10] Gn 17:12; 1S 20:31.
[11] 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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