Jonah 4

1 But it displeased Yonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

2 And he prayed unto יהוה, and said, “Please, O יהוה, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish; for I knew that You are a gracious God (Elohim), and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and regretted of the disaster (raah).

3 Therefore now, O יהוה, take, I beseech You, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live!”

4 Then said יהוה, “Doest you well to be angry?”

5 So Yonah 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.

6 And יהוה God (Elohim) prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Yonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Yonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

7 But God (Elohim) prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God (Elohim) prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Yonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

9 And God (Elohim) said to Yonah, “Doest you well to be angry for the gourd?” And he said, “I do well to be angry, even unto death.”

10 Then said יהוה, “You have had pity on the gourd, for which you have not labored, neither madest it grows; which came up in a night, and perished in a night.

11 And should not I spare 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?”