4 1But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.
prayed unto Jehovah, and said, I pray thee, O Jehovah, was not this my
saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I hasted to flee unto
Tarshish; for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to
anger, and abundant in lovingkindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
3Therefore now, O Jehovah, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it
is better for me to die than to live.
4And Jehovah said, Doest thou well
to be angry?
5Then Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side
of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shade, till
he might see what would become of the city.
6And Jehovah God prepared a
gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his
head, to deliver him from his evil case. So Jonah was exceeding glad because
of the gourd.
7But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next
day, and it smote the gourd, that it withered.
8And it came to pass, when
the sun arose, that God prepared a sultry east wind; and the sun beat upon
the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and requested for himself that he might
die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
9And God said to
Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to
be angry, even unto death.
10And Jehovah said, Thou hast had regard for
the gourd, for which thou hast not labored, neither madest it grow; which
came up in a night, and perished in a night:
11and should not I have
regard for Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand
persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and
also much cattle?