October 31, 2011

Jonah 4

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

And he prayed to the Lord, and said, "I pray Thee, Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I know that Thou art a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, repenting of evil.

"Therefore, oh Lord, take my life from me, I beseech Thee, for it is better for me to die than to live!"

And the Lord said, "Do you do well to be angry?"

Then Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, til he should see what would become of the city.

And the Lord God appointed a plant, and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade ove his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant.

But when dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm which attacked the plant, so that it whithered. When the sun rose, God appointed a sultry east wind, and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah so that he was faint; and he asked that he die; and he said, "It is better for me to die than to live."

But God said to Jonah, "Do you do well to be angry for the plant?"

And he said, "I do well to be angry, angry enough to die!"

And the Lord said, "You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night, and perished in a night.

"And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?"


At 2:58 p.m., Blogger Random Arrow said...

Catching up on Jonah.

On Jonah 1.4->.

On Jonah 2 >.

On "The Sign of Jonah" .

A provocative series on Jonah. And thank you! Please know that my thoughts are half-baked.

Maybe half vomited up?!?!

I’m not feeling settled about Jonah. Not dogmatic. Exploring. A bit lost.

And thankful for the opportunity to be swallowed a bit by the story!

At 9:31 p.m., Blogger forrest said...

Well (if it's any help) a person who "doesn't know his right hand from his left" won't know which one to eat with, which one to wipe with...


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