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Chapter 4

1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
2 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 thouart a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of greatkindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me;for it is better for me to die than to live.
4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of thecity, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in theshadow, till he might see what would become of the city.
6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up overJonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver himfrom his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day,and it smote the gourd that it withered.
8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepareda vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah,that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It isbetter for me to die than to live.
9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for thegourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for thewhich thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; whichcame up in a night, and perished in a night:
11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein aremore then sixscore thousand persons that cannot discernbetween their right hand and their left hand; and also muchcattle?
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