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Jonah 4:1-11

4  To Jo′nah, though, it was highly displeasing,+ and he got to be hot with anger.  Hence he prayed to Jehovah* and said: “Ah, now, O Jehovah, was not this an affair of mine,* while I happened to be on my own ground? That is why I went ahead and ran away to Tar′shish;+ for I knew that you are a God* gracious and merciful,+ slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness,*+ and feeling regret over the calamity.+  And now, O Jehovah, take away, please, my soul*+ from me, for my dying is better than my being alive.”*+  In turn Jehovah said: “Have you rightly become hot with anger?”+  Then Jo′nah went out of the city and sat down east of the city; and gradually he made for himself there a booth, that he might sit under it in the shade+ until he would see what would become of the city.+  Accordingly Jehovah God* appointed a bottle-gourd plant,* that it should come up over Jo′nah, in order to become a shade over his head, to deliver him from his calamitous state.+ And Jo′nah began to rejoice greatly over the bottle-gourd plant.  But the [true] God appointed a worm+ at the ascending of the dawn on the next day, that it should strike the bottle-gourd plant; and it gradually dried up.+  And it came about that, as soon as the sun shone forth, God* also went on to appoint a parching east wind,+ and the sun kept striking upon the head of Jo′nah, so that he was swooning away;+ and he kept asking that his soul* might die, and he repeatedly said: “My dying off is better than my being alive.”*+  And God proceeded to say to Jo′nah: “Have you rightly become hot with anger over the bottle-gourd plant?”+ At that he said: “I have rightly become hot with anger, to the point of death.” 10  But Jehovah said: “You, for your part, felt sorry for the bottle-gourd plant, which you did not toil upon or make get big, which proved to be a mere growth of a night* and perished as a mere growth of a night. 11  And, for my part, ought I not to feel sorry for Nin′e·veh the great city,+ in which there exist more than one hundred and twenty thousand* men* who do not at all know the difference between their right hand and their left, besides many domestic animals?”+


See App 1C §2.
“An affair of mine.” Or, “my word.”
“A God.” Heb., ʼEl; Lat., De′us.
Or, “loyal love.” Heb., che′sedh.
See 2:7 ftn.
Or, “my life.”
“Jehovah God,” MTLXXSyVg. See Ge 2:4 ftn, “God.”
Or, “castor-oil plant.” Heb., qi·qa·yohn′.
“God.” Heb., ʼElo·him′; Gr., ho The·os′; TVg, “Jehovah”; Sy, “Jehovah God.”
“His soul.” Heb., naph·shoh′; Gr., psy·khen′; Lat., a′ni·mae. See App 4A.
Or, “than my life.” Heb., me·chai·yai′.
Or, “just a night old.” Lit., “a son of a night.”
Lit., “twelve ten-thousands.”
Or, “earthling men.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.