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 (Traditional)

約拿書 4:1-11

1這事令約拿十分不悅,非常惱怒。 2他向耶和華禱告說:「耶和華啊,我在家鄉的時候豈不早就說過你會這樣做嗎?我知道你是一位有恩典、有憐憫的上帝,不輕易發怒,充滿慈愛,不忍心降災,所以我才急速逃往他施3耶和華啊,求你收回我的性命吧,我死了比活著還好!」 4耶和華對他說:「你這樣大發脾氣合理嗎?」

5於是,約拿跑到城外,在城東為自己搭了一個棚,坐在棚下蔭涼處,要看看尼尼微城究竟會怎樣。 6後來,耶和華上帝安排了一棵蓖麻迅速地長起來,為約拿遮蔭,使他的頭免受日曬。約拿因有這棵蓖麻而非常歡喜。 7第二天黎明的時候,上帝卻安排了一條蟲來咬這棵蓖麻,蓖麻就枯萎了。 8太陽出來的時候,上帝颳起燥熱的東風,烈日把約拿曬得發昏,他就再次求死說:「我死了比活著還好!」

9上帝對約拿說:「你為這棵蓖麻大發脾氣合理嗎?」約拿回答說:「我就是氣死了也合理。」 10耶和華說:「這棵蓖麻不是你種的,也不是你栽培的,它在一夜之間長成,又在一夜之間死去,你尚且如此愛惜, 11我怎能不愛惜這尼尼微大城呢?城中單是連左右手都分不清的人就有十二萬多,還有許多的牲畜。」