Jonah 3 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time: 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:
2 "Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message of judgment I have given you." 2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."
3 This time Jonah obeyed the LORD's command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all. 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 day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: "Forty days from now 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 message, and from the greatest to the least, they decided to go without food and wear sackcloth to show their sorrow. 5 The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6 When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in sackcloth and sat on a heap of 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 the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: "No one, not even the animals, may eat or drink anything at all. 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 Everyone is required to wear sackcloth and pray earnestly to God. Everyone must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. 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 can tell? Perhaps even yet God will have pity on us and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us." 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish."
10 When God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, he had mercy on them and didn't carry out the destruction he had threatened. 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.