Jonah 4:10
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly.

English Standard Version
And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night.

Berean Study Bible
But the LORD said, “You cared about the plant, which you neither tended nor made grow. It sprang up in a night and perished in a night.

King James Bible
Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

New King James Version
But the LORD said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night.

New American Standard Bible
Then 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.

NASB 1995
Then 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.

NASB 1977
Then 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.

Amplified Bible
Then 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.

Christian Standard Bible
And the LORD said, “You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the LORD said, “You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said, Thou hast had regard for the gourd, for which thou hast not labored, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
LORD JEHOVAH said to him: ”You had pity on the shoot of a gourd for which you did not labor, neither did you raise it up, which sprang up in a night, and in a night it dried up

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Lord said, Thou hadst pity on the gourd, for which thou has not suffered, neither didst thou rear it; which came up before night, and perished before another night:

Contemporary English Version
But the LORD said: You are concerned about a vine that you did not plant or take care of, a vine that grew up in one night and died the next.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said: Thou art grieved for the ivy, for which thou hast not laboured, nor made it to grow, which in one night came up, and in one night perished.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said, Thou hast had pity on the gourd; for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

Good News Translation
The LORD said to him, "This plant grew up in one night and disappeared the next; you didn't do anything for it and you didn't make it grow--yet you feel sorry for it!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD replied, "This plant grew up overnight and died overnight. You didn't plant it or make it grow. Yet, you feel sorry for this plant.

International Standard Version
But the LORD asked, "You cared about a vine plant that you neither worked on nor cultivated? A vine plant that grew up overnight and died overnight?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said: 'Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow, which came up in a night, and perished in a night;

Literal Standard Version
And YHWH says, “You have had pity on the gourd, for which you did not labor, neither did you nourish it, which came up [as] a son of night, and perished [as] a son of night,

NET Bible
The LORD said, "You were upset about this little plant, something for which you have not worked nor did you do anything to make it grow. It grew up overnight and died the next day.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said, "You have been concerned for the vine, for which you have not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night.

World English Bible
Yahweh said, "You have been concerned for the vine, for which you have not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith, 'Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for which thou didst not labour, neither didst thou nourish it, which a son of a night was, and a son of a night perished,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jonah's Anger at the LORD's Compassion
9Then God asked Jonah, “Have you any right to be angry about the plant?” “I do,” he replied. “I am angry enough to die!” 10But the LORD said, “You cared about the plant, which you neither tended nor made grow. It sprang up in a night and perished in a night. 11So should I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than 120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well?”…

Cross References
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!"

Jonah 4:11
So should I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than 120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well?"


Treasury of Scripture

Then said the LORD, You have had pity on the gourd, for the which you have not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

had pity on.

1 Samuel 20:31
For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.

Genesis 17:12
And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.









(10) Which came up.--The original is one of those forcible idioms impossible to reproduce, which son of a night was, and son of a night perished.

Verse 10. - The Lord. Jehovah. closing the story, and driving home the lesson with unanswerable force, the prophet himself being the judge. Thou hast had pity; thou on thy part hast spared; Septuagint, σὺ ἐφείσω. For the which thou hast not laboured; Septuagint, ὑπὲρ η΅ς οὐκ ἐκακοπάθησας ἐπ αὐτήν, "for which thou sufferedst no evil." The more trouble a thing costs us, the more we regard it, as a mother loves her sickly child best. Neither madest it grow. As God had made Nineveh into a "great city." Which came up in a night, and perished in a night; literally, which was the son of a night, and perished the son of a night. The allusion, of course, is to the extraordinary rapidity of the growth and destruction of the gourd.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But the LORD
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

said,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“You
אַתָּ֥ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

cared
חַ֙סְתָּ֙ (ḥas·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 2347: To pity, look upon with compassion

about
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the plant,
הַקִּ֣יקָי֔וֹן (haq·qî·qā·yō·wn)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7021: (a plant) perhaps castor-oil plant

which
אֲשֶׁ֛ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

you neither
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

tended
עָמַ֥לְתָּ (‘ā·mal·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5998: To toil, work severely and with irksomeness

nor
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

made grow.
גִדַּלְתּ֑וֹ (ḡid·dal·tōw)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1431: To grow up, become great

It sprang up
הָיָ֖ה (hā·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

in a night
שֶׁבִּן־ (šeb·bin-)
Pronoun - relative | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

and perished
אָבָֽד׃ (’ā·ḇāḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

in a night.
וּבִן־ (ū·ḇin-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son


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