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Jonah 4 (Today's New International Version)

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Jonah's Anger at the LORD's Compassion

1 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.1 2 He prayed to the LORD, "Isn't this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew2 that you are a gracious3 and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love,4 a God who relents5 from sending calamity.6 3 Now, LORD, take away my life,7 for it is better for me to die8 than to live."9 4 But the LORD replied, "Is it right for you to be angry?"10 5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the LORD God provided11 a gourda and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the gourd. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the gourd so that it withered.12 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die,13 and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live." 9 But God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the gourd?"14 "It is," he said. "And I'm so angry I wish I were dead." 10 But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this gourd, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern15 for the great city Nineveh,16 in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left--and also many animals?"
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