Jonah 4:7
New International Version
But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered.

New Living Translation
But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away.

English Standard Version
But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered.

Berean Study Bible
When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant so that it withered.

King James Bible
But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

New King James Version
But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered.

New American Standard Bible
But God designated a worm when dawn came the next day, and it attacked the plant and it withered.

NASB 1995
But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day and it attacked the plant and it withered.

NASB 1977
But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day, and it attacked the plant and it withered.

Amplified Bible
But God prepared a worm when morning dawned the next day, and it attacked the plant and it withered.

Christian Standard Bible
When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered.

American Standard Version
But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd, that it withered.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the next day LORD JEHOVAH God commanded a worm at the rising of dawn and it struck the shoot of the gourd and it lopped it off

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And God commanded a worm the next morning, and it smote the gourd, and it withered away.

Contemporary English Version
but early the next morning the LORD sent a worm to chew on the vine, and the vine dried up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But God prepared a worm, when the morning arose on the following day: and it struck the ivy and it withered.

English Revised Version
But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd, that it withered.

Good News Translation
But at dawn the next day, at God's command, a worm attacked the plant, and it died.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At dawn the next day, God sent a worm to attack the plant so that it withered.

International Standard Version
But at dawn the next day, God provided a worm that attacked the vine plant so that it withered away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd, that it withered.

Literal Standard Version
And God appoints a worm at the going up of the dawn on the next day, and it strikes the gourd, and it dries up.

NET Bible
So God sent a worm at dawn the next day, and it attacked the little plant so that it dried up.

New Heart English Bible
But God prepared a worm at dawn the next day, and it chewed on the vine, so that it withered.

World English Bible
But God prepared a worm at dawn the next day, and it chewed on the vine, so that it withered.

Young's Literal Translation
And God appointeth a worm at the going up of the dawn on the morrow, and it smiteth the gourd, and it drieth up.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jonah's Anger at the LORD's Compassion
6So the LORD God appointed a vine, and it grew up to provide shade over Jonah’s head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant. 7When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant so that it withered. 8As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint and wished to die, saying, “It is better for me to die than to live.”…

Cross References
Joel 1:12
The grapevine is dried up, and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, palm, and apple--all the trees of the orchard--are withered. Surely the joy of mankind has dried up.

Jonah 4:6
So the LORD God appointed a vine, and it grew up to provide shade over Jonah's head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant.


Treasury of Scripture

But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

prepared.

Job 1:21
And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Psalm 30:6,7
And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved…

Psalm 102:10
Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

it withered.

Psalm 90:5,6
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up…

Isaiah 40:6-8
The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: …

Joel 1:12
The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.









(7) A worm.--Possibly to be taken collectively, as in Isaiah 14:11, for a swarm of caterpillars.

Verse 7. - Prepared (see note on ver. 6). A worm. Either a single worm which punctured the stem and caused the plant to wither, or the word is used collectively, as in Deuteronomy 28:39, for "worms." A single warm night, with a moist atmosphere, will suffice to produce a host of caterpillars, which in an incredibly short time strip a plant of all its leaves. When the morning rose. At the very earliest dawn, before the actual rising of the sun (comp. Judges 9:33). Jonah seems to have enjoyed the shelter of the gourd one whole day. The withering of the plant came about in a natural way, but was ordered by God at a certain time in order to give Jonah the intended lesson.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When dawn
הַשַּׁ֖חַר (haš·ša·ḥar)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7837: Dawn

came
בַּעֲל֥וֹת (ba·‘ă·lō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

the next day,
לַֽמָּחֳרָ֑ת (lam·mā·ḥo·rāṯ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4283: The morrow, tomorrow

God
הָֽאֱלֹהִים֙ (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

appointed
וַיְמַ֤ן (way·man)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4487: To weigh out, to allot, constitute officially, to enumerate, enroll

a worm
תּוֹלַ֔עַת (tō·w·la·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8438: The crimson-grub, of the color, from it, cloths dyed therewith

that attacked
וַתַּ֥ךְ (wat·taḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 5221: To strike

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

so that it withered.
וַיִּיבָֽשׁ׃ (way·yî·ḇāš)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3001: To be ashamed, confused, disappointed, to dry up, wither


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