Jonah 4 GNT

1 Jonah was very unhappy about this and became angry.
2 So he prayed, "Lord, didn't I say before I left home that this is just what you would do? That's why I did my best to run away to Spain! I knew that you are a loving and merciful God, always patient, always kind, and always ready to change your mind and not punish. 1

References for Jonah 4:2

    • 4 4:2 - 4.2 Ex 34.6.
      3 Now then, Lord, let me die. I am better off dead than alive." 2

      References for Jonah 4:3

        • 5 4:3 - 4.3 1 K 19.4.
          4 The Lord answered, "What right do you have to be angry?"
          5 Jonah went out east of the city and sat down. He made a shelter for himself and sat in its shade, waiting to see what would happen to Nineveh.
          6 Then the Lord God made a plant grow up over Jonah to give him some shade, so that he would be more comfortable. Jonah was extremely pleased with the plant.
          7 But at dawn the next day, at God's command, a worm attacked the plant, and it died.
          8 After the sun had risen, God sent a hot east wind, and Jonah was about to faint from the heat of the sun beating down on his head. So he wished he were dead. a "I am better off dead than alive," he said.

          References for Jonah 4:8

            • e 4:8 - wished he were dead; [or] prayed that he would die.
              9 But God said to him, "What right do you have to be angry about the plant?" Jonah replied, "I have every right to be angry - angry enough to die!"
              10 The Lord said to him, "This plant grew up in one night and disappeared the next; you didn't do anything for it and you didn't make it grow - yet you feel sorry for it!
              11 How much more, then, should I have pity on Nineveh, that great city. After all, it has more than 120,000 innocent children in it, as well as many animals!"