Jonah 4:2-3

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 knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.
3 Now, LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

Jonah 4:2-3 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter gives us an account of Jonah's displeasure at the repentance of the Ninevites, and at the Lord's showing mercy unto them, Jon 4:1; the angry prayer of Jonah upon it, Jon 4:2,3; the Lord's gentle reproof of him for it, Jon 4:4; his conduct upon that, Jon 4:5; the gourd prepared for him; its rise, usefulness, and destruction, which raised different passions in Jonah, Jon 4:6-8; the improvement the Lord made of this to rebuke Jonah, for his displicency at the mercy he showed to the Ninevites, and to convict him of his folly, Jon 4:9-11.

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Cross References 8

  • 1. Jeremiah 20:7-8
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 4:31; Psalms 103:8
  • 3. S Exodus 22:27; Exodus 34:6; Psalms 86:5,15
  • 4. S Numbers 14:18
  • 5. S Joel 2:13
  • 6. S Numbers 11:15; 1 Kings 19:4
  • 7. S Job 7:15
  • 8. Jeremiah 8:3
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