Jonah 3 New American Standard Bible

The Repentance of Nineveh

3 1  Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time , saying , 2  "Arise , go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you." 3  So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord . Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city , a three days' walk . 4  Then Jonah began to go through the city one day's walk ; and he cried out and said , "Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown ."

5  Then the people of Nineveh believed in God ; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. 6  When the word reached the king of Nineveh , he arose from his throne , laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes . 7  He issued a proclamation and it said , "In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles : Do not let man , beast , herd , or flock taste a thing . Do not let them eat or drink water . 8  "But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth ; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands . 9  " Who knows , God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish ." 10  When God saw their deeds , that they turned from their wicked way , then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.

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