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Jonah 4

Jonah’s Anger
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 said 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!”
10And 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. 11So may I not care about the great city of Nineveh,#Jnh 3:10 which has more than a hundred 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

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