New International Version
"Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."
King James Bible
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Arise, go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I shall bid thee.
World English Bible
"Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I give you."
Young's Literal Translation
'Rise, go unto Nineveh, the great city, and proclaim unto it the proclamation that I am speaking unto thee;'
Jonah 3:2 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And preach unto it the preaching - וקרא את הקריאה vekera eth hakkeriah, "And cry the cry that I bid thee." Be my herald, and faithfully deliver my message. The word κηρυξ in Greek answers to the Hebrew קורא kore: both signifying a crier, a herald, a preacher; one that makes proclamation with a loud and earnest cry. Such was John Baptist, Isaiah 40:3; such was Jesus Christ, John 7:18-37; and such were all his apostles. And such earnestness becomes a ministry that has to do with immortal souls, asleep and dead in sin, hanging on the brink of perdition, and insensible of their state. The soft-speaking, gentle-toned, unmoved preacher, is never likely to awaken souls. As we preach, so the people hear; scarcely receiving any counsels that appear to have no importance by the manner in which they are delivered. But this earnestness is widely different from that noisy, blustering, screaming rant, that manifests more of the turbulence of disorderly passions, than of the real inspired influence of the Spirit of God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Nineveh. Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, was situated on the eastern bank of the river Tigris, opposite the present Mosul, about
280 miles north of Babylon,
400 N. E. of Damascus, in latitude
20 N. longitude
10' E. It was not only a very ancient, (Ge
10:11,) but also a very great city. Strabo says that it was much larger than Babylon, the circuit of which he estimates at
385 furlongs; and, according to Diodorus Siculus, it was an oblong parallelogram, extending
150 furlongs in length,
90 in breadth, and
480 in circumference, i.e., about
20 miles long,
12 broad, and
60 in compass. This agrees with the account given here of its being an exceeding great city of three days' journey, i.e., in circuit; for
20 miles a day was the common computation for a pedestrian. It was surrounded by large walls
100 feet high, so broad that three chariots could drive abreast on them, and defended by
200 feet in height. See notes on Nahum.
'And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2. Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey. 4. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall he overthrown. 5. So the people of Ninoveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Whether it is Lawful for Religious to Wear Coarser Clothes than Others?
Of a Private Fast.
The Unchangeableness of God
"Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.
You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.
Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:
He will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, leaving Nineveh utterly desolate and dry as the desert.
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