Jonah 4:9
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New International Version
But 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."

New Living Translation
Then God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?" "Yes," Jonah retorted, "even angry enough to die!"

English Standard Version
But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.”

New American Standard Bible
Then God said to Jonah, "Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?" And he said, "I have good reason to be angry, even to death."

King James Bible
And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then God asked Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?"" Yes," he replied. "It is right. I'm angry enough to die!"

International Standard Version
Then God asked Jonah, "Is your anger about the vine plant justified?" And he answered, "Absolutely! I'm so angry I could die!"

NET Bible
God said to Jonah, "Are you really so very angry about the little plant?" And he said, "I am as angry as I could possibly be!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then God asked Jonah, "What right do you have to be angry over this plant?" Jonah answered, "I have every right to be angry-so angry that I want to die."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God said to Jonah, Art thou so angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

King James 2000 Bible
And God said to Jonah, Do you do well to be angry about the plant? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

American King James Version
And God said to Jonah, Do you well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even to death.

American Standard Version
And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to Jonas: Dost thou think thou hast reason to be angry, for the ivy? And he said: I am angry with reason even unto death.

Darby Bible Translation
And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, unto death.

English Revised Version
And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry even unto death.

Webster's Bible Translation
And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even to death.

World English Bible
God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the vine?" He said, "I am right to be angry, even to death."

Young's Literal Translation
And God saith unto Jonah: 'Is doing good displeasing to thee, because of the gourd?' and he saith, 'To do good is displeasing to me -- unto death.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:5-11 Jonah went out of the city, yet remained near at hand, as if he expected and desired its overthrow. Those who have fretful, uneasy spirits, often make troubles for themselves, that they may still have something to complain of. See how tender God is of his people in their afflictions, even though they are foolish and froward. A thing small in itself, yet coming seasonably, may be a valuable blessing. A gourd in the right place may do us more service than a cedar. The least creatures may be great plagues, or great comforts, as God is pleased to make them. Persons of strong passions are apt to be cast down with any trifle that crosses them, or to be lifted up with a trifle that pleases them. See what our creature-comforts are, and what we may expect them to be; they are withering things. A small worm at the root destroys a large gourd: our gourds wither, and we know not what is the cause. Perhaps creature-comforts are continued to us, but are made bitter; the creature is continued, but the comfort is gone. God prepared a wind to make Jonah feel the want of the gourd. It is just that those who love to complain, should never be left without something to complain of. When afflicting providences take away relations, possessions, and enjoyments, we must not be angry at God. What should especially silence discontent, is, that when our gourd is gone, our God is not gone. Sin and death are very dreadful, yet Jonah, in his heat, makes light of both. One soul is of more value than the whole world; surely then one soul is of more value than many gourds: we should have more concern for our own and others' precious souls, than for the riches and enjoyments of this world. It is a great encouragement to hope we shall find mercy with the Lord, that he is ready to show mercy. And murmurers shall be made to understand, that how willing soever they are to keep the Divine grace to themselves and those of their own way, there is one Lord over all, who is rich in mercy to all that call upon him. Do we wonder at the forbearance of God towards his perverse servant? Let us study our own hearts and ways; let us not forget our own ingratitude and obstinacy; and let us be astonished at God's patience towards us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - God said. Keil and others have noted the variety in the use of the names of God in this passage (vers. 6-9). The production of the gourd is attributed to Jehovah-Elohim (ver. 6), a composite name, which serves to mark the transition from Jehovah in ver. 4 to Elohim in vers. 7 and 8. Jehovah, who replies to the prophet's complaint (ver. 4), prepares the plant as Elohim the Creator, and the worm as ha-Elohim the personal God. Elohim, the Ruler of nature, sends the east wind to correct the prophet's impatience; and in ver. 10 Jehovah sums up the history and teaches the lesson to be learned from it. Doest thou well to be angry? The same tender expostulation as in ver. 4. I do well to be angry, even unto death. I am right to be angry, so that my anger almost kills me. Deprived of the shelter of the gourd, Jonah is immediately depressed, and in his unreasoning anger defends himself against the reproaches of God's voice within him. Septuagint, Σφόδρα λελύπημαι ἐγὼ ἑως θανάτου "I am greatly grieved even unto death," which reminds one of our Lord's words in the garden (Mark 14:34).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And God said to Jonah, dost thou well to be angry for the gourd?.... Or, "art thou very angry for it?" as the Targum: no mention is made of the blustering wind and scorching sun, because the gourd or plant raised up over him would have protected him from the injuries of both, had it continued; and it was for the loss of that that Jonah was so displeased, and in such a passion. This question is put in order to draw out the following answer, and so give an opportunity of improving this affair to the end for which it was designed:

and he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death; or, "I am very angry unto death", as the Targum; I am so very angry that I cannot live under it for fretting and vexing; and it is right for me to be so, though I die with the passion of it: how ungovernable are the passions of men, and to what insolence do they rise when under the power of them!

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. (See on [1149]Jon 4:4).

I do well to be angry, even unto death—"I am very much grieved, even to death" [Fairbairn]. So the Antitype (Mt 26:38).

Jonah 4:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jonah's Anger at the Lord's Compassion
8When the sun came up God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah's head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, "Death is better to me than life." 9Then God said to Jonah, "Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?" And he said, "I have good reason to be angry, even to death." 10Then the LORD said, "You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight.…
Cross References
Job 36:18
Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.

Jonah 4:1
But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.

Jonah 4:8
When 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."

Jonah 4:10
But 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.
Treasury of Scripture

And God said to Jonah, Do you well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even to death.

Doest thou well to be angry? or, Art thou greatly angry?

Jonah 4:4 Then said the LORD, Do you well to be angry?

I do well to be angry. or, I am greatly angry.

Genesis 4:5-14 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

Job 18:4 He tears himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for you? …

Job 40:4,5 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand on my mouth…

even.

Judges 16:16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and …

Job 5:2 For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.

Matthew 26:38 Then said he to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even to death: …

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented …

Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and …

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