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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 4

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Jonah's Anger: God's Reproof. 1But this was greatly displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry.* 2“I beseech you, LORD,” he prayed, “is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? This is why I fled at first to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish. n Ps 86, 5; Jl 2, 13 . 3And now, LORD, please take my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.” o 1 Kgs 19, 4 . 4But the LORD asked, “Have you reason to be angry?”

5Jonah then left the city for a place to the east of it, where he built himself a hut and waited under it in the shade, to see what would happen to the city. 6And when the LORD God provided a gourd plant,* that grew up over Jonah's head, giving shade that relieved him of any discomfort, Jonah was very happy over the plant. 7But the next morning at dawn God sent a worm which attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8And when the sun arose, God sent a burning east wind; and the sun beat upon Jonah's head till he became faint. Then he asked for death, saying, “I would be better off dead than alive.”

9But God said to Jonah, “Have you reason to be angry over the plant?” “I have reason to be angry,” Jonah answered, “angry enough to die.” 10Then the LORD said, “You are concerned over the plant which cost you no labor and which you did not raise; it came up in one night and in one night it perished.* 11And should I not be concerned over Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot distinguish their right hand from their left, not to mention the many cattle?”

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n: Ps 86, 5; Jl 2, 13 .

o: 1 Kgs 19, 4 .

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