Yonah 4

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Yonah (Book of Jonah), Chapter 4

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 And he prayed unto HaShem, and said: 'I pray Thee, O HaShem, was not this my saying, when I was yet in mine own country? Therefore I fled beforehand unto Tarshish; for I knew that Thou art a gracious G-d, and compassionate, long-suffering, and abundant in mercy, and repentest Thee of the evil.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 Therefore now, O HaShem, take, I beseech Thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 And HaShem said: 'Art thou greatly angry?'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 Then Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 And HaShem G-d prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his evil. So Jonah was exceeding glad because of the gourd.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 But G-d prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd, that it withered.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 And it came to pass, when the sun arose, that G-d prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and requested for himself that he might die, and said: 'It is better for me to die than to live.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 And G-d said to Jonah: 'Art thou greatly angry for the gourd?' And he said: 'I am greatly angry, even unto death.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 And HaShem said: 'Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow, which came up in a night, and perished in a night;

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 and should not I have pity on Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand, and also much cattle?'

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