Jonah 3 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD's word came to Jonah a second time: 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:
2 "Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city, and declare against it the proclamation that I am commanding you." 2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."
3 And Jonah got up and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD's word. (Now Nineveh was indeed an enormous city, a three days' walk across.) 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city--a visit required three days.
4 Jonah started into the city, walking one day, and he cried out, "Just forty days more and Nineveh will be overthrown!" 4 On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned."
5 And the people of Nineveh believed God. They proclaimed a fast and put on mourning clothes, from the greatest of them to the least significant. 5 The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6 When word of it reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, stripped himself of his robe, covered himself with mourning clothes, and sat in ashes. 6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.
7 Then he announced, "In Nineveh, by decree of the king and his officials: Neither human nor animal, cattle nor flock, will taste anything! No grazing and no drinking water! 7 Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh: "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink.
8 Let humans and animals alike put on mourning clothes, and let them call upon God forcefully! And let all persons stop their evil behavior and the violence that's under their control!" 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.
9 He thought, Who knows? God may see this and turn from his wrath, so that we might not perish. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish."
10 God saw what they were doing—that they had ceased their evil behavior. So God stopped planning to destroy them, and he didn't do it. 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.