New International Version
Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish."
King James Bible
Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
Darby Bible Translation
Who knoweth but that God will turn and repent, and will turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
World English Bible
Who knows whether God will not turn and relent, and turn away from his fierce anger, so that we might not perish?"
Young's Literal Translation
Who knoweth? He doth turn back, and God hath repented, and hath turned back from the heat of His anger, and we do not perish.'
Jonah 3:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Who can tell if God will turn and repent - There is at least a peradventure for our salvation. God may turn towards us, change his purpose, and save us alive. While there is life there is hope; God has no pleasure in the death of sinners; he is gracious and compassionate. Himself has prescribed repentance; if we repent, and turn to him from our iniquities, who knows then whether God will not turn, etc.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'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
2 Samuel 12:22
He answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, 'Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.'
You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.
Relent, LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants.
Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the LORD your God. Then the LORD will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you.
Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue."
Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing-- grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.
The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish."
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