But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
And he 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 fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that
thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and
repentest thee of the evil.
Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for
me to die than to live.
Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
So 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 shadow, till he might see what would become of the
And the LORD God prepared a gourd, 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 was exceeding glad
of the gourd.
But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd
that it withered.
And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east
wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself
to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
And 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.
Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not
laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a
And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more then sixscore
thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and
also much cattle?