Jonah Goes to Nineveh
1Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2“Arise, go to #See ch. 1:2Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now #[See ver. 2 above]Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,#3:3 Hebrew a great city to God three days’ journey in breadth.#3:3 Or a visit was a three days’ journey 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5#[Matt. 12:41; Luke 11:32] And the people of Nineveh believed God. #See 2 Chr. 20:3 They called for a fast and #See 2 Sam. 3:31put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
The People of Nineveh Repent
6The word reached#3:6 Or had reached the king of Nineveh, and #[Job 1:20; Ezek. 26:16] he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, #Job 2:8and sat in ashes. 7And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, #[Dan. 6:26] “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor #[ch. 4:11; Ps. 36:6; Joel 1:18, 20]beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, 8but let man and #[See ver. 7 above] beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. #Jer. 18:11; 36:3 Let everyone turn from his evil way and from #Isa. 59:6the violence that is in his hands. 9#2 Sam. 12:22; Joel 2:14 Who knows? God may turn and relent #Ps. 85:3and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
10When God saw what they did, #[Jer. 18:8]how they turned from their evil way, #[Jer. 18:8]God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.