Jonah 4:1-11

Christian Standard Bible

1Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious.# Jnh 4:9; Mt 20:15; Lk 15:28 2He prayed to the Lord:# Jr 20:7 “Please, Lord, isn’t this what I thought while I was still in my own country? That’s why I fled toward Tarshish in the first place.# Jnh 1:3 I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God,# Ex 34:6; Nm 14:18; Ps 86:5,15; Jl 2:13 slow to anger, abounding in faithful love, and one who relents from sending disaster.# Neh 9:17 3And now, Lord, take my life from me,# 1Kg 19:4; Jb 6:8-9 for it is better for me to die than to live.”# Jb 7:15-16; Ec 7:1
4The Lord asked, “Is it right for you to be angry? ”
5Jonah left the city and found a place east of it.# 1Kg 19:9,13 He made himself a shelter there and sat in its shade to see what would happen to the city. 6Then the Lord God appointed a plant, and it grew over Jonah to provide shade for his head to rescue him from his trouble.#4.6: Or disaster, or evil Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant. 7When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered.# Jl 1:12
8As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind.# Ezk 19:12; Hs 13:15 The sun beat down on Jonah’s head# Ps 121:6; Is 49:10 so much that he almost fainted, and he wanted to die. He said, “It’s better for me to die than to live.”# Jnh 4:3
9Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant? ”
“Yes, it’s right! ” he replied. “I’m angry enough to die! ”
10So the Lord said, “You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night. 11But may I not care about the great city of Nineveh,# Jnh 3:10 which has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot distinguish between their right and their left,# Dt 1:39; Is 7:16 as well as many animals? ”# Ps 36:6