4 But the Lord replied, "Is it right for you to be angry?"

Other Translations of Jonah 4:4

King James Version

4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?

English Standard Version

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

The Message

4 God said, "What do you have to be angry about?"

New King James Version

4 Then the Lord said, "Is it right for you to be angry?"

New Living Translation

4 The Lord replied, "Is it right for you to be angry about this?"

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Jonah 4:4

Commentary on Jonah 4:1-4

(Read Jonah 4:1-4)

What all the saints make matter of joy and praise, Jonah makes the subject of reflection upon God; as if showing mercy were an imperfection of the Divine nature, which is the greatest glory of it. It is to his sparing, pardoning mercy, we all owe it that we are out of hell. He wishes for death: this was the language of folly, passion, and strong corruption. There appeared in Jonah remains of a proud, uncharitable spirit; and that he neither expected nor desired the welfare of the Ninevites, but had only come to declare and witness their destruction. He was not duly humbled for his own sins, and was not willing to trust the Lord with his credit and safety. In this frame of mind, he overlooked the good of which he had been an instrument, and the glory of the Divine mercy. We should often ask ourselves, Is it well to say thus, to do thus? Can I justify it? Do I well to be so soon angry, so often angry, so long angry, and to give others ill language in my anger? Do I well to be angry at the mercy of God to repenting sinners? That was Jonah's crime. Do we do well to be angry at that which is for the glory of God, and the advancement of his kingdom? Let the conversion of sinners, which is the joy of heaven, be our joy, and never our grief.