Jonah 4 (English Standard Version)

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Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion

1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,a and 1he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? 2That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a 3gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and 4relenting from disaster. 3 5Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, 6for it is better for me to die than to live." 4 And the LORD said, 7"Do you do well to be angry?" 5 Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and 8made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. 6 Now the LORD God appointed a plantb and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.c So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching 9east wind, 10and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he 11was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, 12"It is better for me to die than to live." 9 But God said to Jonah, 13"Do you do well to be angry for the plant?" And he said, "Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die." 10 And the LORD said, "You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity 14Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much 15cattle?"
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