Jonah 3

Jonah Goes to Nineveh

1Then the word of the  Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2Arise, go to a  Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the  Lord. Now b  Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,
Hebrew  a great city to God
three daysjourney in breadth.
Or a visit was a three days’ journey
4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5 e  And the people of Nineveh believed God. f  They called for a fast and g  put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

The People of Nineveh Repent

6The word reached
Or had reached
the king of Nineveh, and i  he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, j  and sat in ashes.
7And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, k  “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor l  beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, 8but let man and m  beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. n  Let everyone turn from his evil way and from o  the violence that is in his hands. 9 p  Who knows? God may turn and relent q  and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

10When God saw what they did, r  how they turned from their evil way, s  God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

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