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

New Living Translation
This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.

English Standard Version
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

Berean Study Bible
Jonah, however, was greatly displeased, and became angry.

New American Standard Bible
But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry.

King James Bible
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

Christian Standard Bible
Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious.

Contemporary English Version
Jonah was really upset and angry.

Good News Translation
Jonah was very unhappy about this and became angry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious.

International Standard Version
Greatly displeased, Jonah flew into a rage.

NET Bible
This displeased Jonah terribly and he became very angry.

New Heart English Bible
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jonah was very upset about this, and he became angry.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

New American Standard 1977
But it greatly displeased Jonah, and he became angry.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

King James 2000 Bible
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

American King James Version
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

American Standard Version
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But Jonas was very deeply grieved, and he was confounded.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jonas was exceedingly troubled, and was angry:

Darby Bible Translation
And it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

English Revised Version
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

Webster's Bible Translation
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

World English Bible
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

Young's Literal Translation
And it is grievous unto Jonah -- a great evil -- and he is displeased at it;
Study Bible
Jonah's Anger at the LORD's Compassion
1Jonah, however, was greatly displeased, and became angry. 2So he prayed to the LORD, saying, “O LORD, is this not what I said while I was still in my own country? This is why I was so quick to flee toward Tarshish. I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion—One who relents from sending disaster.…
Cross References
Matthew 20:15
Do I not have the right to do as I please with what is mine? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

Luke 15:28
The older son became angry and refused to go in. So his father came out and pleaded with him.

Jonah 4:4
But the LORD replied, "Have you any right to be angry?"

Jonah 4:9
Then God asked Jonah, "Have you any right to be angry about the plant?" "I do," he replied. "I am angry enough to die!"

Treasury of Scripture

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

Jonah 4:9
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.

Matthew 20:15
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Luke 7:39
Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.







Lexicon
Jonah, however,
יוֹנָ֖ה (yō·w·nāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3124: Jonah -- an Israelite prophet

was greatly
גְדוֹלָ֑ה (ḡə·ḏō·w·lāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1419: Great, older, insolent

displeased,
וַיֵּ֥רַע (way·yê·ra‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7489: To spoil, to make, good for, nothing, bad

and became angry.
וַיִּ֖חַר (way·yi·ḥar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2734: To glow, grow warm, to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy
IV.

JONAH'S DISCONTENT AND CORRECTION.

(1) But it displeased Jonah.--The Hebrew (it was evil to) is stronger. The prophet was vexed and irritated.

He was very angry.--Literally, it (anger) burnt to him. David's feeling at the death of Uzziah (2Samuel 6:8; 1Chronicles 13:11) is described in the same terms. Selfish jealousy for his own reputation, jealousy for the honour of the prophetic office, a mistaken patriotism disappointed that the great enemy of his country should go unpunished, Jewish exclusiveness which could not endure to see the Divine clemency extended to the heathen, have each been adduced as the motive of Jonah's anger. Possibly something of all these blended in his mind.

Verses 1-11. - JONAH'S DISPLEASURE AND ITS CORRECTION. Verses 1-4. - 1. Jonah is grieved at the sparing of Nineveh, the expectation of which had led to his former flight, and complains of God's clemency. Verse 1. - It displeased Jonah exceedingly; literally, it was evil to Jonah, a great evil. It was more than mere displeasure which he felt; he was vexed and irritated. The reference is to what is said in the last verse of the preceding chapter, viz. that the predicted destruction was not inflicted. How the knowledge of this reprieve was conveyed to the prophet we am not informed. It probably was made known to him before the expiration of the forty days by Divine communication, in accordance with the saying in Amos 3:7, "Surely the Lord will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (see ver. 5). Various reasons have been assigned for this displeasure.

(1) Personal pique, lest, his prediction having failed, he should be liable to the charge of being a false prophet.

(2) Zeal for the honour of God, whose knowledge of the future might be discredited among the heathen, when they saw his own servant's words unfulfilled.

(3) Because he saw in this conversion of Gentiles a token of the ruin of his own people, who remained always hardened and impenitent.

(4) A mistaken patriotism, which could not endure to find mercy extended to a heathen nation which had already proved hostile to Israel and was destined to oppress it still further. This last seem to have been the real ground of his annoyance. So deep was this, that he would gladly have seen the sentence executed even after the city had repented (comp. ver. 11, "Should not I spare Nineveh," i.e. which thou wouldst have me even now destroy?) He was very angry; Septuagint, συνεχύθη, "was confounded." His vexation increased unto anger. 4:1-4 What all the saints make matter of joy and praise, Jonah makes the subject of reflection upon God; as if showing mercy were an imperfection of the Divine nature, which is the greatest glory of it. It is to his sparing, pardoning mercy, we all owe it that we are out of hell. He wishes for death: this was the language of folly, passion, and strong corruption. There appeared in Jonah remains of a proud, uncharitable spirit; and that he neither expected nor desired the welfare of the Ninevites, but had only come to declare and witness their destruction. He was not duly humbled for his own sins, and was not willing to trust the Lord with his credit and safety. In this frame of mind, he overlooked the good of which he had been an instrument, and the glory of the Divine mercy. We should often ask ourselves, Is it well to say thus, to do thus? Can I justify it? Do I well to be so soon angry, so often angry, so long angry, and to give others ill language in my anger? Do I well to be angry at the mercy of God to repenting sinners? That was Jonah's crime. Do we do well to be angry at that which is for the glory of God, and the advancement of his kingdom? Let the conversion of sinners, which is the joy of heaven, be our joy, and never our grief.
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