Jonah, repining at God's mercy,
Jonah 4:1 And it is grievous unto Jonaha great eviland he is displeased at it; Jonah 4:2 and he prayeth unto Jehovah, and he saith, 'I pray Thee, O Jehovah, is not this my word while I was in mine own landtherefore I was beforehand to flee to Tarshishthat I have known that Thou [art] a God, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness, and repenting of evil? Jonah 4:3 And now, O Jehovah, take, I pray Thee, my soul from me, for better [is] my death than my life.'
is reproved by the type of a gourd.
Jonah 4:4 And Jehovah saith, 'Is doing good displeasing to thee?' Jonah 4:5 And Jonah goeth forth from the city, and sitteth on the east of the city, and maketh to himself there a booth, and sitteth under it in the shade, till that he seeth what is in the city. Jonah 4:6 And Jehovah God appointeth a gourd, and causeth it to come up over Jonah, to be a shade over his head, to give deliverance to him from his affliction, and Jonah rejoiceth because of the gourd [with] great joy. Jonah 4:7 And God appointeth a worm at the going up of the dawn on the morrow, and it smiteth the gourd, and it drieth up. Jonah 4:8 And it cometh to pass, about the rising of the sun, that God appointeth a cutting east wind, and the sun smiteth on the head of Jonah, and he wrappeth himself up, and asketh his soul to die, and saith, 'Better [is] my death than my life.' Jonah 4:9 And God saith unto Jonah: 'Is doing good displeasing to thee, because of the gourd?' and he saith, 'To do good is displeasing to meunto death.' Jonah 4:10 And Jehovah saith, 'Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for which thou didst not labour, neither didst thou nourish it, which a son of a night was, and a son of a night perished, Jonah 4:11 and Ihave not I pity on Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than twelve myriads of human beings, who have not known between their right hand and their leftand much cattle!'