¶ 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 thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, 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?
|1 - Displeased ... exceedingly What displeased Jonah? God's sparing the city jon0310. A mighty preacher may have personal interests rather than the love for souls. This demonstrates the authenticity of the book. The professed people of God did not have a desire to share truth with heathen nations; they considered them inferior and inherently unworthy.|
¶ 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.
.6 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.
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 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.
| Notice that God was in control.
He is today, too. Jonah must have been exceedingly selfish. He would do
anything to get what he wanted. Here he was frustrated.
8 - East wind See je1817.
| 9 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.
10 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:
.11 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?
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What a sad ending. Did Jonah lose eternal life over this? We are not told.
He was persistent in sin, and may have grieved the Holy Spirit mt1231.
He was "angry unto death" and God may grant his wish.
11 - Sixscore thousand A score is 20. How many people were saved?
11 - Cattle God cares about the dumb animals mt1029. The "much cattle" could have been in the surrounding area.
end of the book of Jonah