3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto a Jonah the second time, saying,
(a) This is a great declaration of God's mercy,
that he receives him again, and sends him forth as his Prophet, who had before
shown such great weakness.
3:3 So Jonah arose, and went
unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding b
great city of three days' journey.
(b) See Geneva
3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's
c journey, and he cried, and said, Yet
forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
(c) He went forward one day in the city and
preached, and so he continued until the city was converted.
3:5 So the people of Nineveh d
believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of
them even to the least of them.
(d) For he declared that he was a Prophet sent to
them from God, to make known his judgments against them.
3:7 And he caused [it] to be
proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his
nobles, saying, Let neither man nor e
beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
(e) Not that the dumb beasts had sinned or could
repent, but that by their example man might be astonished, considering that
for his sin the anger of God hung over all creatures.
3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth,
and f cry mightily unto God: yea, let
them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that [is] in their
(f) He exhorted that the men should earnestly
call to God for mercy.
3:9 g Who
can tell [if] God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger,
that we perish not?
(g) For partly from the threatening of the
prophet, and partly from his own conscience, he doubted whether God would show
3:10 And God saw their h
works, that they turned from their evil way; and i
God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he
did [it] not.
(h) That is, the fruits of their repentance,
which proceeded from faith, which God had planted by the ministry of his
(i) See Geneva