Jonah Preaches at Nineveh
1Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. 4And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then #(Deut. 18:22)he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
The People of Nineveh Believe
5So the #(Matt. 12:41; Luke 11:32)people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth #Job 2:8and sat in ashes. 7#2 Chr. 20:3; Dan. 3:29; Joel 2:15And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying,
Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. 8But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, #Is. 58:6let every one turn from his evil way and from #Is. 59:6the violence that is in his hands. 9#2 Sam. 12:22; Joel 2:14; Amos 5:15Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?
10#Ex. 32:14; Jer. 18:8; Amos 7:3, 6Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.