Jonah Chapter 3 

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Jonah 3

And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

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.

For 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.

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 beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

But 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.

Who 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.

48 thoughts on “Jonah Chapter 3 

  1. And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
    Jonah 3:1‭-‬2 KJV

    How precious are these words that God spoke “unto Jonah the second time.” What hope that gives to those of us who have less than perfectly served Him. We may have failed, but we were not tossed aside as failures.

    God does not give up on us when we fall short. He mercifully and lovingly works His correction in our lives to bring us back to a place of obedience. Though we must reap the consequences of our failures, God is willing to call us again to His service.

    That being said, it is important to note that God brought Jonah right back to the same test that he had failed the first time around; and while Jonah obeyed and went this time, his attitude was still far from perfect. Thus, Jonah faced a bit more correction from the Lord before the book ends. God is nothing if not thorough. He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart, and He will keep bringing us face-to-face with every area of our lives that we have not yet submitted unto Him.

    Moreover, God is not politically correct. He doesn’t promote us to the next grade simply because we’ve been around awhile. He’s not one to let us skip the test or forgo the consequences. His objective is that we would be conformed to the image of Christ, and we will come round and round to the same bad attitude, wrong thought, or sinful deed until we slay the thing.

    Our comfort, however, is in knowing that every time we come around, the Word of the Lord will come to us again, giving us another chance to do what is right. He bids us to come up higher, to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. His patience is astounding, and His mercies are new every morning. Thank You, Jesus, that Your loving-kindness is better than life. Thank You for not giving up on Jonah or me!

  2. 4 And 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.

    When God puts someone in my life to warn me or caution me I need to be as thr people of Ninevah and listen and take heed to what they are saying. Truly, life here on earth is so short that I really don’t want to risk going to Hell because I did not listen to someone put into my life to guide me closer to God. Praise the Lord for He is great! He is mighty! He is merciful!

  3. 4 And 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.

    You just never know who will be listening and watching you. We have a different filter then God and have no idea who would be willing to turn from their ways and turn towards God, as well as we have no idea who will reject the message. That is why it is absolutely parative that we reach for every soul that we can, because we never know which ones will come to Jesus and which ones won’t. Jonah came across two instances where heathens cried out to God and was willing to obey, while he was yet afraid and running from God.

  4. 1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

    2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

  5. 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.

    As I was reading this. My mind went back to Bro. Wilson and what he had shared with us. This Gospel will reach all the nations both great and small. The Kingdom of God is the greatest of all kingdoms. And The Word is more Powerful than anything else. Thank you Jesus that we know Him and He dwells in us.

  6. “Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence.”
    ‭‭Jonah‬ ‭3:7-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    When Nineveh fasted they ALL fasted even the animals and it was to turn away from their evil ways and stop all their violence.
    When we fast we’re letting our flesh die so His Spirit can be seen through us.
    The enemy always hits after the fast it’s inevitable, meaning it’s unavoidable you just gotta pass the test.
    Pray in the spirit and you’re gonna have a strong spirit. But walk in the world and you’re gonna have a weak mind and you’re gonna lose every battle coming your way.
    I’m doing a new thing called pray an hour, read an hour.
    I pray that good fruits will ripen within us in Jesus name.

    Be blessed

  7. 1Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time.

    God gives second chances…if God has to speak or remind you many times he will. God won’t leave you behind. We all need reminding from time to time from our parents, our Pastor and from God. If we start to side track from God’s path, we have those who care for you to remind you, how to get back on the righteous path to Jesus again.

  8. I think the message here is seen in verses 8 and 10; showing us that if we repent and show remorse, that will turn away the wrath of God.

  9. 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.

    Even God repents. If God can bring him some to a lowly place and turn himself around so can we. Repentance shouldn’t be something that we do just when we get in trouble. Repentance as a lifestyle, it’s a mindset that we live in to keep us in a humble frame of mind, to keep us cleanses and always being aware of our thoughts, our words, and our actions and the consequences of what we do.

  10. 1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
    2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

    I am glad I serve a God of second chances. Jonah after he repented turned, God gave him his task again. Showing that it is not over even if you make a colossal mistake like Jonah did. For God judges the latter state of man. My I do what is right in God’s sight, no matter what comes my way.

  11. Jonah 3:9 Who can tell God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? 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.

    Joel 2:14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering into the Lord your God?
    God does not change. This verse sets forth the possible results of revival and repentance from man’s point of view. When a man changes, he is unaware of the change in himself, and views it as though it were a change in God.

    God of Second Chances and God’s love forgives ! God is giving everyone a chance to repent. God remains true to himself and judge all unrepented sin but he would much rather save the soul that turns to Him .

    Psalms 4 Yet people still choose to turn away from mercy for ungodliness in a righteousness

    Psalms 144:8 the Lord is gracious, and full of compassion slow to anger and a great mercy.

  12. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
    Jonah 3:4 KJV
    Jonah preached an eight word message from God and 120,000 people repented! What a Word! What a God! What results! It’s not the length of the message that counts but the ability to deliver exactly what God gives.

  13. 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.

    We have to be sincere in our fasting,prayer, and worship if we really want a change! No matter what is going on fasting and prayer will catch the attention of God! God is not impressed but God will honor our sacrifices!

  14. 3:10 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 not.
    ————-
    God good good you are!
    You do not play games., you know all things and you saw a truly repented heart, this city truly repented and changed their sinful ways🙌. That even made you change your mind for their good. MERCIFUL GOD YOU ARE!

  15. 9 Who 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.

    Jonah spoke a simple phrase, he didn’t even tell them what to do, in all honesty, he just told them they were going to be destroyed. So how did they know to turn to God and what to do to repent??

    However they knew, what they did worked! When we come to God in repentance, He is merciful, faithful, and just to forgive us. The people of Nineveh acted on faith, they weren’t even sure if their efforts would be noticed or heard by God. But we know God hears us, we know He responds to His people when we turn our hearts back to Him, when we call out to Him. What seemed like an end of destruction was all changed because of their repentive hearts, and what was supposed to end in that destruction turned into a great revival.

  16. .

    6-9 When the message reached the king of Nineveh, he got up off his throne, threw down his royal robes, dressed in burlap, and sat down in the dirt. Then he issued a public proclamation throughout Nineveh, authorized by him and his leaders: “Not one drop of water, not one bite of food for man, woman, or animal, including your herds and flocks! Dress them all, both people and animals, in burlap, and send up a cry for help to God. Everyone must turn around, turn back from an evil life and the violent ways that stain their hands. Who knows? Maybe God will turn around and change his mind about us, quit being angry with us and let us live!”

    10 God saw what they had done, that they had turned away from their evil lives. He did change his mind about them. What he said he would do to them he didn’t do.

    Jonah must have declared with a feverency to the people of Nineveh for the entire city to repent. I believe there are entire congregations waiting praying for someone to declare “thus saith the Lord”
    We hAve got to walk in obedience and boldness before God knowing He will fill our mouths with His Word. We are in a great revival and I believe God will use each of us if we are willing. In Jesus name!

  17. People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”
    Jonah 3:8‭-‬9 NLT

    True repentance and unity saved a people from being no more. When POFW continues to repent, fast, pray, and preach we shall continue seeing the fruit of our labor in our cities💖💖💖

  18. Jonah 3:9-10 (English Amp) Who can tell, God may turn and revoke His sentence against us [ When we have met His terms], and turn away from His fierce anger so that we perish not. [10] And God saw their works, that turned from their evil way; and God revoked His [sentence of] evil that He had said that He would do to them and He did not do it [ for He was comforted and eased concerning them]. Even God repents , He give us second chance wow what Mighty God we serve. It’s to have your mind set and your heart set to live right and holy before the lord.

  19. Josiah: 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.
    All some people need is to hear the word of the Lord and they will turn from their ways. Nineveh was a wicked city yet they turned into a fasting city that served God. We should not judge people we meet and decide whether they can be saved. We should witness to people and let God work in them!

  20. Jonah 3:10
    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.

    “God saw their works.”
    James 2:20 tells us that “faith without works is dead.” Yes, you can have faith to believe God will forgive you, but unless you do something about it (Works) like confess, repent, and turn from your wicked ways, you won’t be forgiven. Repentance is putting faith into action!

    “God saw their works.”
    Nineveh believed (faith), put on sackcloth, fasted, and turned from their evil way and from the violence that was in their hands (works).

  21. 4 And 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.

    What does true repentance look like? The people in Nineveh believed the words that Jonah spoke and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth- everyone of them.

    Many times our effort at repentance is minimal. Repentance means turning away from. Not just saying I’m sorry, but turning from whatever sin it is, never to return to it. We fall into temptation when we repent but don’t put off the “sin”.

    Repentance is an action, but it is also an attitude. We can’t go back to the beggarly elements of this world, and we can’t go to the places that promote the things that once was sin to us.

  22. This passage is such a strong statement for the power of repentance in our lives. The people of Ninevah had no relationship to rely upon. Like Saul they had lifted their hands against the very people of God. They had heard of the power of God however, and believed in the authenticity of their prophets… and at a time when even Israel was not the best of listeners. When Jonah pronounced God’s judgment, it was their king who declared ‘Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?’

    Notice he didn’t call him the God of Israel, he called him God… even their king recognized there was just something different about this people and their God. He may not have been serving God himself, but when God sent a prophet to speak to him, he didn’t doubt his words, he chose to respond in fasting for repentance. ‘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.’

    We’ve seen times in scripture where those serving God called out in prayer and he chose to repent, but here we see that response in the cry if a sinful people to avert the judgment of God… and God always has an ear for those who cry out to him in repentance of their sinful ways! It isn’t a posture that we should ever outgrow. The power of repentance should we exercised in the life of every believer! We die daily to ourselves that Christ would live to his fullest within us!

  23. I Love To Worship The Lord
    (3:1)
    Jonah is often called the gospel of the second chance God is gracious and will not let us run away from obedience even if He has to place storms and a great fish in our pathway.

  24. THY KINGDOM COME
    RESPONSE

    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.

    Lets consider this, the preacher was told 2 times, the first time he ran from the WORD. The second time his RESPONSE was appropriate. The people were told 1 time and their response was humble and immediate.

    GOD will have HIS way, we are wise to grant RESPONSE to the WORD of GOD immdiately. GOD is calling our generation to give RESPONSE to HIS WORD and REPENT and HUMBLE ourselves before GOD and serve HIM faithfully.

    The RESPONSE of Jonah initiated the RESPONSE of the people in turn initiating the RESPONSE of JESUS.

    Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will be Done.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  25. 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.
    God’s desire is that all should be saved. We never know who will receive this message and turn away from a life of serving this world. We just have to keep telling all who will hear; rejoice with those that choose God and continue to pray for them that have said no will one day say yes.

  26. 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.

    My DADDY saw their works…….they repented, to repent is to turn away from what WAS being done. They did, THEY DID. They had to DO something and it was DONE!!! They were obedient ahhhh even the BEASTS FASTED whaaaaa!!! JESUS I PRAISE YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS AND GREAT MERCY!!!

  27. LISTEN TO THE LORD’S VOICE . Because Jonah listened to the Lord’s voice and the people believed and listened including the king . A city wasn’t destroyed. Could it be that listening and obeying God could stop a massive destruction in you life ? Think about that .

  28. 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. 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.
    Jonah 3:5‭, ‬10 KJV
    The last two days we read about Jonah ran from GOD and two day we read in the beginning of the chapter GOD speaking to Jonah about going to Nineveh to go preach so there were some believe in Nineveh lets fast maybe GOD will turn the evil upon us so that exactly what ever did and as we read in the last verse GOD showed mercy on them
    I noticed here that they fasting and unity I believe GOD the sacrifice and the unity because in verse 10 it say and GOD saw their works and GOD repent
    Thanks you JESUS for your mercy and Grace

  29. 4 And 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.

    Repentance moves God. The example of Nineveh repentance is a perfect example of how we should be before God. This is how a people moves God and recieves forgiveness.

  30. Jonah 3:8-10
    8 But 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.
    9 Who 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.

  31. 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

    40 is used here as a trial or test because if Nineveh didn’t repent they would all be destroyed. Everyone immediately repented. How amazing is it that they accepted the word of God so quickly. Even the king came down and sat in sackcloth and decreed that all shall pray and seek God. What if someone told us Fort Worth would go up in smoke in 40 days? Would we all be destroyed? It’s a test to see if we would choose to live or die. Would it be better for us to live right and die early or live sinful and live a long life? An eternity is nothing to play with our destination is determined by our ability to live a repented life.

  32. When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.(Jonah 3:10 NLT )

    God knows everyone of his childrens hearts and actions and knows if there going to stop there evil ways. God changed his mind because knew that the people of Nineveh were going to repent from there evil ways.

  33. “When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.”
    ‭‭Jonah‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    How will you respond when you realize you’ve done wrong? Will you be truly sorry or just sorry you got caught? True repentance is turning away for sin. No longer will you be bound, and just as we heard it preached yesterday He will make a way of escape. The chorus to a song is a great explanation of our mindset when we are truly repented.

    No longer, (will I let the world influence me)
    No longer (will the devil have control of me)
    No longer, (will let my flesh keep me weak)
    Cuz I’m Yours God
    And I’m turning the page of my life

    “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  34. iLove the Kingdom
    5So 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.

    Notice this, “So the people of Nineveh BELIEVED God, and proclaimed a fast…” When a person truly believes the Word of God they then do something about it. For example, If the man of God comes in the building and tells us that we should be servants and help keep the house of God in order then we should find a way to make it happen.

  35. 4 And 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.

    It should be that when the Word of God goes out to us from the man of God that we should move in response and action. If we are responsive there will be a blessing. To some it may be repentance and forgiveness from the Lord, to others direction, yet even healing, blessing and miracles. We must respond. It’s alive and has power to change. This heathen king had enough faith to hearken and respond to the Word of God given him by his messenger and God repented. How much more will the Word be of blessing and life to is if we choose to listen and obey. Word of God speak.

  36. 10Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way, and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

  37. 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.

    With so many religions claiming that our “works” don’t save us, these people were saved by their works…. we know that our works alone won’t save us, but faith without works is dead…

  38. And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord . Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.
    Jonah 3:1‭-‬3 KJV
    This time around what’s different he had experience and he’s walk with God.

    A.L.M.A.S.

  39. Our repentance for His compassion

    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.

    The people’s wrong doings cause God to speak of judging them. Yet, their repentance after the man of Gods warning cause to repent of His words. Not because He didn’t have a right to judge them but because if pure compassion.

    I want to daily display this same compassion that even when others have wronged me I can stand strong and not try to get them back.

  40. 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.

    We can be told that works don’t carry any weight but that is not what the Word of God teaches!

    And God saw there WORKS! In Acts chapter 10, God said, Cornelious “much alms and prayers had come up as a memorial”. Again, WORKS!

    We can not get to heaven by works alone, but without works faith cannot be proven! And without faith, it’s impossible to please God!

  41. 4 And 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.

    An open heart.

    It’s important to be open to what God has to say no matter how much it hurts. He knows the way of our lives and wants us to be saved.

  42. Verse 5 MSG “The people of Nineveh listened, and trusted God. They proclaimed a citywide fast and dressed in burlap to show their repentance. Everyone did it—rich and poor, famous and obscure, leaders and followers.” The power of obedience, fasting and prayer can change your outcome.

  43. 10 God saw what they had done, that they had turned away from their evil lives. He did change his mind about them. What he said he would do to them he didn’t do.

    It is never too late to turn away from sin. We have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. We all know this. I believe there are two types of sin; willful and unknowing/unrealized. We can willfully gamble the rent money, buy alcohol and pursue the lusts of this world. We can also sin through omission; not doing what we know to do – again, willful. Then, there is sin we didn’t even know was sin. However, through revelation and understanding we realize where we messed up.

    Either situation does not have to be the end for us. God has proven numerous times He is willing and able to change His mind and grant another chance. Did God fully intend to destroy Nineveh or was he hoping the people would hear the impending doom and turn from their wicked ways?

  44. 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.
    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.

  45. And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

    2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

    3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

    4 And 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.

    6 For 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.

    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 beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

    God employs Jonah again in his service. His making use of us is an evidence of his being at peace with us. Jonah was not disobedient, as he had been. He neither endeavoured to avoid hearing the command, nor declined to obey it. See here the nature of repentance; it is the change of our mind and way, and a return to our work and duty. Also, the benefit of affliction; it brings those back to their place who had deserted it. See the power of Divine grace, for affliction of itself would rather drive men from God, than draw them to him. God’s servants must go where he sends them, come when he calls them, and do what he bids them; we must do whatever the word of the Lord commands. Jonah faithfully and boldly delivered his errand. Whether Jonah said more, to show the anger of God against them, or whether he only repeated these words again and again, is not certain, but this was the purport of his message. Forty days is a long time for a righteous God to delay judgments, yet it is but a little time for an unrighteous people to repent and reform in. And should it not awaken us to get ready for death, to consider that we cannot be so sure that we shall live forty days, as Nineveh then was that it should stand forty days? We should be alarmed if we were sure not to live a month, yet we are careless though we are not sure to live a day.

  46. 8 But 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.

    9 Who 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.

    When you’re in trouble, don’t whine about your problem to somone else. But cry unto God and pray to him concerning your problem. He can turn a situation around not matter how much it seems like the situation won’t turn around

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