Jonah

Jonah 4 ©

1Jonah, repining at God's mercy, 4is reproved by the type of a gourd.

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BUT it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

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And ahe prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I bfled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a cgracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

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Therefore now, O LORD, dtake, I beseech thee, my life from me; for eit is better for me to die than to live.

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¶Then said the LORD, 1Doest thou well to be angry?

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So Jonah fwent 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 shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

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And the LORD God gprepared a 2gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah 3was exceeding glad of the gourd.

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hBut God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

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And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a 4vehement east wind; and ithe sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and jwished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

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And God said to Jonah, 5Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, 6I do well to be angry, even unto death.

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Then said the LORD, Thou hast 7had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which 8came up in a night, and perished in a night:

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And kshould not I spare lNineveh, that great city, wherein are more than *sixscore thousand persons that mcannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; nand also much cattle?