Jonah 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A message came to Jonah from the LORD a second time. He said, 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:
2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce to its people the message I give you." 2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."
3 Jonah obeyed the Lord. He went to Nineveh. It was a very important city. In fact, it took about three days to see all of it. 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 On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He announced, "In 40 days Nineveh will be destroyed." 4 On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned."
5 The people of Nineveh believed God's warning. They decided not to eat any food for a while. All of them put on black clothes. That's what everyone from the least important of them to the most important did. 5 The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6 The news reached the king of Nineveh. He got up from his throne. He took his royal robes off and dressed himself in black clothes. He sat down in the dust. 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 sent out a message to the people of Nineveh. He said, "I and my nobles give this order. "Don't let any person or animal taste anything. That includes your herds and flocks. People and animals must not eat or drink anything. 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 people and animals alike be covered with black cloth. All of you must call out to God with all your hearts. Stop doing what is evil. Don't harm others. 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 Who knows? God might take pity on us. He might turn away from his burning anger. Then we won't die." 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 did. They stopped doing what was evil. So he took pity on them. He didn't destroy them as he had said he would. 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.