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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Jonah 3:1-10

3  Then the word of Jehovah occurred to Jo′nah the second time, saying:+  “Get up, go to Nin′e·veh the great city, and proclaim to her the proclamation+ that I am speaking to you.”  At that, Jo′nah got up and went to Nin′e·veh in accord with the word of Jehovah.*+ Now Nin′e·veh herself proved to be a city great to God,*+ with a walking distance of three days.  Finally Jo′nah started to enter into the city the walking distance of one day, and he kept proclaiming and saying: “Only forty days more, and Nin′e·veh will be overthrown.”+  And the men* of Nin′e·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.  When the word reached the king of Nin′e·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.+  Furthermore, he had the cry made, and he had it said in Nin′e·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.+  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.  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].+

Footnotes

See App 1C §3.
Or, “extremely great; divinely great.” Heb., gedhoh·lah′ lEʼ·lo·him′; Gr., me·ga′le toi The·oi′. Compare the expression “divinely beautiful” in Ac 7:20, where see ftn.
See 1:10 ftn.