1耶和华第二次对约拿说： 2“你起身前往尼尼微大城，向那里的居民宣告我先前吩咐你的话。” 3约拿便照耶和华的吩咐前往尼尼微城。尼尼微城很大，要三天才能走遍。 4约拿进城走了一天，宣告说：“再过四十天尼尼微就要毁灭了！” 5尼尼微城的人相信了上帝的话，便宣告禁食，所有的人，无论大小贵贱都换上麻衣。 6尼尼微王听到这消息后，便走下宝座，脱下王袍，披上麻衣，坐在炉灰中。 7王又向全城颁布命令，说：“王和大臣有令，所有的人都必须禁食，牛羊牲畜都不许吃草也不许喝水。 8人和牲畜都必须披上麻衣，众人要向上帝恳切呼求，改邪归正，停止作恶。 9上帝或许会施怜悯，收回烈怒，使我们不致灭亡，也未可知。” 10上帝看见他们改邪归正，不再作恶，就怜悯他们，没有像所说的那样毁灭他们。
1And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.3.3 exceeding: Heb. of God 4And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
5¶ So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:3.7 published: Heb. said3.7 nobles: Heb. great men 8But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 9Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10¶ And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.