3 Then the word of Jehovah occurred to Joʹnah the second time, saying:+ 2 “Get up, go to Ninʹe·veh the great city, and proclaim to her the proclamation+ that I am speaking to you.” 3 At that, Joʹnah got up and went to Ninʹe·veh in accord with the word of Jehovah.*+ Now Ninʹe·veh herself proved to be a city great to God,*+ with a walking distance of three days. 4 Finally Joʹnah started to enter into the city the walking distance of one day, and he kept proclaiming and saying: “Only forty days more, and Ninʹe·veh will be overthrown.”+ 5 And the men* of Ninʹe·veh began to put faith in God,+ and they proceeded to proclaim a fast and to put on sackcloth,+ from the greatest one of them even to the least one of them. 6 When the word reached the king of Ninʹe·veh,+ then he rose up from his throne and put off his official garment from himself and covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the ashes.+ 7 Furthermore, he had the cry made, and he had it said in Ninʹe·veh, by the decree of the king and his great ones, saying: “No man and no domestic animal, no herd and no flock, should taste anything at all. None should take food. Even water they should not drink.+ 8 And let them cover themselves with sackcloth, man and domestic animal; and let them call out to God with strength and come back,+ each one from his bad way and from the violence that was in their hands. 9 Who is there knowing whether the [true] God may turn back and actually feel regret+ and turn back from his burning anger, so that we may not perish?”+ 10 And the [true] God got to see their works,+ that they had turned back from their bad way;+ and so the [true] God felt regret+ over the calamity that he had spoken of causing to them; and he did not cause [it].+
^ See App 1C §3.
^ Or, “extremely great; divinely great.” Heb., gedhoh·lahʹ lEʼ·lo·himʹ; Gr., me·gaʹle toi The·oiʹ. Compare the expression “divinely beautiful” in Ac 7:20, where see ftn.