New American Standard Bible
The LORD said, "Do you have good reason to be angry?"
King James Bible
Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said, Doest thou well to be angry?
World English Bible
Yahweh said, "Is it right for you to be angry?"
Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith, 'Is doing good displeasing to thee?'
Jonah 4:4 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And the Lord said, Doest thou well to be angry? - o God, being appealed to, answers the appeal. So does He often in prayer, by some secret voice, answer the inquirer. There is right anger against the sin. Moses' anger was right, when he broke the tables. Exodus 32:19. God secretly suggests to Jonah that his anger was not right, as our Lord instructed Luke 9:55. James and John that "theirs" was not. The question relates to the quality, not to the greatness of his anger. It was not the vehemence of his passionate desire for Israel, which God reproves, but that it was turned against the Ninevites . "What the Lord says to Jonah, he says to all, who in their office of the cure of souls are angry. They must, as to this same anger, be recalled into themselves, to regard the cause or object of their anger, and weigh warily and attentively whether they "do well to be angry." For if they are angry, not with men but with the sins of men, if they hate and persecute, not men, but the vices of men, they are rightly angry, their zeal is good. But if they are angry, not with sins but with men, if they hate, not vices but men, they are angered amiss, their zeal is bad. This then which was said to one, is to be watchfully looked to and decided by all, 'Doest thou well to be angry? '"
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth Matthew 5:5 We are now got to the third step leading in the way to blessedness, Christian meekness. Blessed are the meek'. See how the Spirit of God adorns the hidden man of the heart, with multiplicity of graces! The workmanship of the Holy Ghost is not only curious, but various. It makes the heart meek, pure, peaceable etc. The graces therefore are compared to needlework, which is different and various in its flowers and colours (Psalm 45:14). …
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12
Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
"Beware that wrath does not entice you to scoffing; And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry.
"Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life."
Then Jonah went out from the city and sat east of it. There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade until he could see what would happen in the city.
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