Jonah, repining at God's mercy,
Jonah 4:1 And Jonas was exceedingly troubled, and was angry: Jonah 4:2 And he prayed to the Lord, and said: I beseech thee, O Lord, is not this what I said, when I was yet in my own country? therefore I went before to flee into Tharsis: for I know that thou art a gracious and merciful God, patient, and of much compassion, and easy to forgive evil. Jonah 4:3 And now, O Lord, I beseech thee take my life from me: for it is better for me to die than to live.
is reproved by the type of a gourd.
Jonah 4:4 And the Lord said: Dost thou think thou hast reason to be angry? Jonah 4:5 Then Jonas went out of the city, and sat toward the east side of the city: and he made himself a booth there, and he sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would befall the city. Jonah 4:6 And the Lord God prepared an ivy, and it came up over the head of Jonas, to be a shadow over his head, and to cover him (for he was fatigued): and Jonas was exceeding glad of the ivy. Jonah 4:7 But God prepared a worm, when the morning arose on the following day: and it struck the ivy and it withered. Jonah 4:8 And when the sun was risen, the Lord commanded a hot and burning wind: and the sun beat upon the head of Jonas, and he broiled with the heat: and he desired for his soul that he might die, and said: It is better for me to die than to live. Jonah 4:9 And the Lord said to Jonas: Dost thou think thou hast reason to be angry, for the ivy? And he said: I am angry with reason even unto death. Jonah 4:10 And the Lord said: Thou art grieved for the ivy, for which thou hast not laboured, nor made it to grow, which in one night came up, and in one night perished. Jonah 4:11 And shall I not spare Ninive, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons, that know how to distinguish between their right hand and their left, and many beasts?