The Repentance of Nineveh
1And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2Arise, go unto Nin´eveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3So Jonah arose, and went unto Nin´eveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nin´eveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey. 4#Matt 12.41; Luke 11.32. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nin´eveh shall be overthrown. 5So the people of Nin´eveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6For word came unto the king of Nin´eveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nin´eveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: 8but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 9Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.