Jonah, repining at God's mercy,
Jonah 4:1 Therfore Ionas was sore dyscontent and angrie. Jonah 4:2 And he prayed vnto the Lorde, and sayde: O Lorde, was not thys my sayinge (I praye the) when I was yet in my countre? therfore I hasted rather to fle vnto Tharsis, for I knowe wel ynough that thou art a mercyfull God, full of compassyon, longe sufferyng, and of great kyndnes and repentest when thou shuldest take punyshment, Jonah 4:3 And now O Lord, take my lyfe fro me (I beseche þe) for I had rather dye then lyue.
is reproved by the type of a gourd.
Jonah 4:4 Then sayde the Lord: art thou so angrie? Jonah 4:5 And Ionas gat hym out of the cytie, and satt downe on the east syde therof: and there made hym a booth, and sat vnder it in the shadowe, tyll he myght se, what shulde chaunce vnto the cytie. Jonah 4:6 And the Lord God prepared a wylde vyne, whych sprange vp ouer Ionas, that he myght haue shadowe aboue his head, to delyuer hym out of his payne. And Ionas was excedynge glad of the wylde vyne. Jonah 4:7 But vpon the nexte morowe agaynst þe spryng of þe daye. The Lord ordened a worme, whych smote the wylde vyne, so that it wythered awaye. Jonah 4:8 And when þe Sunne was vp, God prepared a feruent east wynde: & þe Sunne bett ouer þe head of Ionas, that he faynted agayne, & wysshed vnto his soule, that he myght dye, and sayd: It is better for me to dye, then to lyue. Jonah 4:9 And God sayd vnto Ionas: Art thou so angrie for þe wylde vyne? And he sayd: yee, very angrie am I, euen vnto the deeth. Jonah 4:10 And þe Lord sayd: thou hast compassion vpon a wylde vyne, wheron þu bestowdest no laboure: ner madest it growe whych sprange vp in one nyght & peryshed in another: Jonah 4:11 And shulde not I then haue compassyon vpon Niniue that greate cytie, wherin there are aboue an .C. & .xx. thousand personnes, that knowe not theyr ryght hand from the lefte, besydes moch catell?