3 And Jehovah’s word came to Jonah a second time 2 “Go off to the great city Nineveh and preach to it what I dictate to you”; 3 * and Jonah went off to Nineveh in accordance with Jehovah’s word. And Nineveh was a stupendously great city, a three days’ walk; 4 * and Jonah began going into the city, going one day’s walk in, and preached “Forty days more and Nineveh is overthrown.” 5 And the men of Nineveh believed God and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloths, from the greatest to the least of them; 6 and the word reached the king of Nineveh, and he stood up off his throne and laid off his grandeur and covered himself with a sackcloth and sat on the ashes, 7 and had proclamation made in Nineveh by authority of the king and his magnates “Let man and beast, cattle and sheep, not taste anything, not be pastured, and not drink water, 8 ** and cover themselves with sackcloths, man and beast, and call out loudly to God, and turn back from their wicked ways and from their ill-gotten gains; 9 who knows but God will turn back and repent, and desist from his anger, and we shall not perish?” 10 And God saw their actions, that they turned back from their wicked ways, and God repented of the evil he had threatened to do to them, and did not do it.
^ 3:3 Lit. a city great to God
^ 3:4 Lit. began going into the city one day’s walk
^ 3:8 Lit. call out strongly
^ 3:8 Lit. and from the outrage they have in their hands