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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)

Jonah 4:1-11

OUTLINE OF CONTENTS

  • Jonah angry and wants to die (1-3)

  • Jehovah teaches Jonah mercy (4-11)

    • “Is it right for you to be so angry?” (4)

    • A bottle-gourd as an object lesson (6-10)

4  But this was highly displeasing to Joʹnah, and he became hot with anger.  So he prayed to Jehovah: “Ah, now, Jehovah, was this not my concern when I was in my own land? That is why I tried to flee to Tarʹshish+ in the first place; for I knew that you are a compassionate* and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in loyal love,+ one who feels grieved over calamity.  Now, O Jehovah, please take away my life,* for it is better for me to die than to live.”+  Jehovah asked: “Is it right for you to be so angry?”  Joʹnah then went out of the city and sat down east of the city. He made a shelter for himself there and sat in its shade to see what would happen to the city.+  Jehovah God then provided a bottle-gourd plant* to grow up over Joʹnah, to give him shade for his head and to relieve his misery. And Joʹnah was very pleased with the bottle-gourd plant.  But the true God sent a worm at the break of dawn on the next day, and it attacked the bottle-gourd plant, and it withered.  When the sun began to shine, God also sent a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Joʹnah’s head, and he grew faint. He kept asking to die,* and he kept saying, “It is better for me to die than to live.”+  God asked Joʹnah: “Is it right for you to be so angry over the bottle-gourd plant?”+ At that he said: “I have a right to be angry, so angry that I want to die.” 10  But Jehovah said: “You felt sorry for the bottle-gourd plant, which you did not work for, nor did you make it grow; it grew in one night and perished in one night. 11  Should I not also feel sorry for Ninʹe·veh the great city,+ in which there are more than 120,000 men who do not even know right from wrong,* as well as their many animals?”+

Footnotes

Or “gracious.”
Or “soul.”
Or possibly, “castor-oil plant.”
Or “that his soul might die.”
Or “know their right hand from their left.”