Jonah, repining at God's mercy,
Jonah 4:1 But it displeased Ionah exceedingly, and he was very angry. Jonah 4:2 And he prayed vnto the LORD, and sayd, I pray thee, O LORD, [was] not this my saying, when I was yet in my countrey? Therefore I fledde before vnto Tarshish: for I knew that thou [art] a gracious God, and mercifull, slow to anger, and of great kindnesse, and repentest thee of the euill. Jonah 4:3 Therefore now, O LORD, Take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it [is] better for me to die then to liue.
is reproved by the type of a gourd.
Jonah 4:4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? Jonah 4:5 So Ionah went out of the citie, and sate on the East side of the city, and there made him a boothe, and sate vnder it in the shadow, till hee might see what would become of the citie. Jonah 4:6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come vp ouer Ionah, that it might be a shadow ouer his head, to deliuer him from his griefe. So Ionah was exceeding glad of the gourd. Jonah 4:7 But God prepared a worme when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. Jonah 4:8 And it came to passe when the Sunne did arise, that God prepared a vehement East wind; and the Sunne beat vpon the head of Ionah, that hee fainted, and wished in himselfe to die, and said, It [is] better for me to die, then to liue. Jonah 4:9 And God said to Ionah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? and he said, I doe well to be angry, euen vnto death. Jonah 4:10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pitie on the gourde, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow, which came vp in a night, and perished in a night: Jonah 4:11 And should not I spare Nineueh that great citie, wherein are more then sixscore thousand persons, that cannot discerne betweene their right hand and their left hand, and [also] much cattell?