- ¶ BUT it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was greatly grieved.
- And he prayed to the LORD and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this what I said when I was yet in my country?
That is why I fled before to Tarshish;
for I knew that thou art a gracious and merciful God, patient and of great kindness, and thou art ready to turn away calamity.
- Therefore now, O my LORD, take my life from me;
for it is better for me to die than to live.
- Then the LORD said to him, Are you very sorrowful?
- ¶ So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made a booth for himself, and sat under it in the shade to see what would happen to the city.
- And the LORD God commanded a tender shoot of gourd to spring up, and it sprang up and came over Jonah, and became a shade over his head, and comforted him of his grief.
So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the gourd.
- But the next day at dawn, God commanded a worm, and it smote the gourd so that it withered.
- And it came to pass when the sun arose, the LORD God commanded a sultry east wind;
and it withered the gourd, and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he was weary and wished that he might die, and said, O LORD, you can take my life from me, for I am not better than my fathers.
- And the LORD God said to Jonah, Are you exceedingly grieved over the gourd?
And Jonah said, I am exceedingly grieved, even unto death.
- Then the LORD said to him, You have had pity on the gourd for the which you did not labor nor did you make it to grow;
which sprung up in a night and withered in a night;
- And should not I have pity upon Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand,: and also much cattle?