New International Version

Jonah 4:1-11

Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion

1But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

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

5Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant4:6 The precise identification of this plant is uncertain; also in verses 7, 9 and 10. and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

9But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

10But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约拿书 4:1-11

1这事令约拿十分不悦,非常恼怒。 2他向耶和华祷告说:“耶和华啊,我在家乡的时候岂不早就说过你会这样做吗?我知道你是一位有恩典、有怜悯的上帝,不轻易发怒,充满慈爱,不忍心降灾,所以我才急速逃往他施3耶和华啊,求你收回我的性命吧,我死了比活着还好!” 4耶和华对他说:“你这样大发脾气合理吗?”

5于是,约拿跑到城外,在城东为自己搭了一个棚,坐在棚下荫凉处,要看看尼尼微城究竟会怎样。 6后来,耶和华上帝安排了一棵蓖麻迅速地长起来,为约拿遮荫,使他的头免受日晒。约拿因有这棵蓖麻而非常欢喜。 7第二天黎明的时候,上帝却安排了一条虫来咬这棵蓖麻,蓖麻就枯萎了。 8太阳出来的时候,上帝刮起燥热的东风,烈日把约拿晒得发昏,他就再次求死说:“我死了比活着还好!”

9上帝对约拿说:“你为这棵蓖麻大发脾气合理吗?”约拿回答说:“我就是气死了也合理。” 10耶和华说:“这棵蓖麻不是你种的,也不是你栽培的,它在一夜之间长成,又在一夜之间死去,你尚且如此爱惜, 11我怎能不爱惜这尼尼微大城呢?城中单是连左右手都分不清的人就有十二万多,还有许多的牲畜。”