Jonah 4

Chapter 4

4:6  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.


Four prepared things. Jonah 1:17 ; Jonah 4:6 Jonah 4:7 Jonah 4:8

4:8  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.


Cf. 1 Kings 19:4-8 . Taken as a lesson in service we have in Jonah a servant,

(1) disobedient, 1:1-11 ;

(2) afflicted, 1:12-17 ;

(3) praying 2:1-9 ;

(4) delivered, 2:10 ;

(5) recommissioned, 3:1-3 ;

(6) powerful, 3:4-9 ;

(7) perplexed and fainting but not forsaken, 4:1-11 .

4:11  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?


Nineveh (See Scofield "Nahum 1:1")