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Jonah 4:1-11

4  And Jonah took it very hard and was angry, 2  and prayed to Jehovah “Now, Jehovah, was not this what I said while I was still on my own soil? that was why I tried to head it off by getting away to Spain, because I knew you were a deity kindly and tenderhearted, patient and very friendly, and would repent of the evil. 3  And now, Jehovah, take my life away, because it is better I should die than live.” 4*  And Jehovah said “Thoroughly angry, are you?” 5  And Jonah went out of the city and established himself out in front of the city, and made himself a booth there and sat down in the shade under it till he should see what would happen to the city. 6**  And Jehovah provided a gourd vine, and it came up over Jonah to be a shade over his head, to free him from his trouble; and Jonah was very glad for the vine. 7*  And Jehovah God prepared a worm at daybreak the next day, which attacked the vine and it dried up; 8**  and when the sun rose God prepared a scorching east wind, and the sun struck on Jonah’s head, and he collapsed and asked for death and said “it is better I should die than live.” 9***  And God said to Jonah “Thoroughly angry about the gourd vine, are you?” and he said “I am thoroughly angry, fit to die.” 10*  And Jehovah said “You feel benevolent toward the vine, which you had not worked on nor raised, a one-night growth and a one-night loss; 11  and was I not to feel benevolent toward the great city Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand human beings that do not know their right hand from their left, and many beasts?”


4:4 Or “Is it rightly you are angry?”
4:6 Or castor-oil plant
4:6 Or plant
4:7 Or plant
4:8 (scorching) Unc.
4:8 Lit. asked for his soul to die
4:9 Or Is it rightly you are angry about the gourd vine?
4:9 Or castor-oil plant
4:9 Or It is rightly I am angry, fit
4:10 Or plant