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But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
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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.
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Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me;
for it is better for me to die than to live.
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Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
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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 city.
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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.
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But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
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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.
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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.
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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 night:
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And should not I spare 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?