Jonah's Displeasure Rebuked

1 But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became 1angry.

References for Jonah 4:1

2 He 2prayed to the LORD and said, "Please LORD, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore * in order to forestall this I 3fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a 4gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity.

References for Jonah 4:2

    • a 4:2 - Lit "my word"
    • b 4:2 - Lit "I was beforehand in fleeing"
      3 "Therefore now, O LORD, please 5take my life from me, for death is 6better to me than life."

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      4 The LORD said, "Do you have good reason to be angry?"
      5 Then Jonah went out from the city and sat east of it. There he made a shelter for himself and 7sat under it in the shade until * he could see what would happen in the city.

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      6 So the LORD God appointed a plant and it grew up over * Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was extremely * happy about the plant.

      References for Jonah 4:6

        • e 4:6 - Probably a castor oil plant, and so in vv 7, 9 and 10
        • f 4:6 - Lit "greatly"
        • g 4:6 - Probably a castor oil plant, and so in vv 7, 9 and 10
          7 But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day and it attacked the plant and it 8withered.

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          8 When the sun came up God appointed a scorching 9east wind, and the 10sun beat down on Jonah's head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, "11Death is better to me than life."

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          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 came up overnight * and perished overnight *.

          References for Jonah 4:10

            • h 4:10 - Lit "was a son of a night"
            • i 4:10 - Lit "a son of a night"
              11 "Should I not 12have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 * * persons who do not 13know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many 14animals?"

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