- But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.
- And he prayed unto the LORD, and said: "I pray Thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in mine own country?
Therefore I fled beforehand unto Tarshish;
for I knew that Thou art a gracious God, and compassionate, long-suffering, and abundant in mercy, 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."
- And the LORD said: "Art thou greatly angry?"
- Then 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 city.
- 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 evil.
So Jonah was exceeding glad because 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 arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind;
and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and requested for himself that he might die, and said: "It is better for me to die than to live."
- And God said to Jonah: "Art thou greatly angry for the gourd?" And he said: "I am greatly angry, even unto death."
- And the LORD said: "Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow, which came up in a night, and perished in a night;
- and should not I have pity on Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand, and also much cattle?"