Jonah Gets Angry at the Lord
4 Jonah was really upset and angry. 2 So he prayed:
Our Lord, I knew from the very beginning that you wouldnt destroy Nineveh. Thats why I left my own country and headed for Spain. You are a kind and merciful God, and you are very patient. You always show love, and you dont like to punish anyone, not even foreigners.
3 Now let me die! Id be better off dead.
4 The Lord replied, What right do you have to be angry?
5 Jonah then left through the east gate of the city and made a shelter to protect himself from the sun. He sat under the shelter, waiting to see what would happen to Nineveh.
6 The Lord made a vine grow up to shade Jonahs head and protect him from the sun. Jonah was very happy to have the vine, 7 but early the next morning the Lord sent a worm to chew on the vine, and the vine dried up. 8 During the day the Lord sent a scorching wind, and the sun beat down on Jonahs head, making him feel faint. Jonah was ready to die, and he shouted, I wish I were dead!
9 But the Lord asked, Jonah, do you have the right to be angry about the vine?
Yes, I do, he answered, and Im angry enough to die.
10 But the Lord said:
You are concerned about a vine that you did not plant or take care of, a vine that grew up in one night and died the next. 11 In that city of Nineveh there are more than a hundred twenty thousand people who cannot tell right from wrong, and many cattle are also there. Dont you think I should be concerned about that big city?
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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