5 | Jonah
Jonah | 5
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ ”
And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto
hen the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to
the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give
Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now
Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.
Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming,
“Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites
believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the
greatest to the l east, put on sackcloth.
When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose
from his t hrone, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sack
cloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued
“By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Do not let people or animals, herds or f locks, taste anything;
do not let them eat or d
rink. But let people and animals be cov
ered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let
them give up their evil ways and t heir violence. Who knows?
God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his f ierce
anger so that we will not perish.”
When God saw what they did and how they t urned from t heir
evil ways, he relented and did not b
ring on them the destruction he
But to Jonah this seemed very w rong, and he became ang ry. He
rayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was s till at
home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew
that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and
abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now,
Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
But the Lord replied, “Is it r ight for you to be angry?”
Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city.
T here he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see
ould happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a l eafy