Jonah 4

1Jonah was not happy that God saved the city. Jonah became angry. 2Jonah complained to the Lord and said, “I knew this would happen! I was in my own country, and you told me to come here. At that time, I knew that you would forgive the people of this evil city. So I decided to run away to Tarshish. I knew that you are a kind God! I knew that you show mercy and don’t want to punish people! I knew that you are full of kindness! I knew that if these people stopped sinning, you would change your plans to destroy them. 3So now I ask you, Lord, please kill me. It is better for me to die than to live!” 4Then the Lord said, “Do you think it is right for you to be angry just because I did not destroy those people?” 5˻Jonah was still angry about all these things.˼ So he went out of the city. Jonah went to a place near the city on the east side. Jonah made a shelter for himself. Then he sat there in the shade, waiting to see what would happen to the city. 6The Lord made a gourd plant grow quickly over Jonah. This made a cool place for Jonah to sit. This helped Jonah to be more comfortable. Jonah was very happy because of this plant. 7The next morning, God sent a worm to eat part of the plant. The worm began eating the plant and the plant died. 8After the sun was high in the sky, God caused a hot east wind to blow. The sun became very hot on Jonah’s head and Jonah became very, very weak. Jonah asked God to let him die. Jonah said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9But God said to Jonah, “Do you think it is right for you to be angry just because this plant died?” Jonah answered, “Yes, it is right for me to be angry! I am angry enough to die!” 10And the Lord said, “You did nothing for that plant! You did not make it grow. It grew up in the night, and the next day it died. And now you are sad about that plant. 11˻If you can be upset about a plant,˼ then surely I can feel sorry for a big city like Nineveh. There are many people and animals in that city. There are more than 120,000 people in that city that did not know they were doing wrong!”

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