But it greatlydispleasedJonah and he became1angry.
He 2prayed to the LORD and said, "PleaseLORD, was not thisawhat I saidwhile I was still in my own country? Thereforebin order to forestall this I 3fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a 4gracious and compassionateGod, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relentsconcerningcalamity.
"Therefore now, O LORD, please5take my clife from me, for death is 6better to me thanlife."
The LORDsaid, "Do you have goodreason to be angry?"
Then Jonahwent out from the city and sateast of dit. There he made a shelter for himself and 7satunder it in the shadeuntil he could seewhat would happen in the city.
So the LORDGodappointed a eplant and it grew up overJonah to be a shadeover his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was fextremelyhappyabout the gplant.
But Godappointed a worm when dawncame the nextday and it attacked the plant and it 8withered.
When the suncame up Godappointed a scorching9eastwind, and the 10sunbeatdown on Jonah'shead so that he becamefaint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, "11Death is better to me thanlife."
Then Godsaid to Jonah, "Do you have goodreason to be angryabout the plant?" And he said, "I have goodreason to be angry, even to death."
Then the LORDsaid, "You hadcompassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, whichhcame up overnight and perishediovernight .
"Should I not 12havecompassion on Nineveh, the greatcity in whichthere are morethan120,000personswho do not 13know the difference between their right and lefthand, as well as many14animals?"