1Now the word of Adonai came to Jonah a second time, saying,
2“Rise and go to Nineveh, the great city, and cry out to it the proclamation that I am telling you.”
3So Jonah rose and went to Nineveh according to the word of Adonai. Now Nineveh was a great city to God—the length of a three day journey.
4So Jonah began to come into the city for one day’s journey, and he cried out saying: “Another forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown!”
5Then the people of Nineveh believed God and called for a fast and wore sackcloth—from the greatest of them to the least of them.
6When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his robe, covered himself in sackcloth, and sat in the ashes.
7He made a proclamation saying: “In Nineveh, by the decree of the king and his nobles, no man or beast, herd or flock, may taste anything. They must not graze nor drink water.
8But cover man and beast with sackcloth. Let them cry out to God with urgency. Let each one turn from his evil way and from the violence in his hands.
9Who knows? God may turn and relent, and turn back from his burning anger, so that we may not perish.”
10When God saw their deeds—that they turned from their wicked ways—God relented from the calamity that He said He would do to them, and did not do it.