Jonah 4:3
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New International Version
Now, LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."

King James Bible
Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, Jehovah, take, I beseech thee, my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.

World English Bible
Therefore now, Yahweh, take, I beg you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live."

Young's Literal Translation
And now, O Jehovah, take, I pray Thee, my soul from me, for better is my death than my life.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Take, I beseech thee, my life from me - קח נא את נפשי kach na eth naphshi, "Take, I beseech thee, even my Soul." Do not let me survive this disgrace. Thou hast spared this city. I thought thou wouldst do so, because thou art merciful and gracious, and it was on this account that I refused to go at first, as I knew that thou mightest change thy purpose, though thou hadst commanded me to make an absolute denunciation of judgment. God has left this example on record to show that an inconsiderate man is not fit to be employed in his work; and he chose this one example that it might serve as an endless warning to his Church to employ no man in the work of the ministry that is not scripturally acquainted with God's justice and mercy.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Numbers 11:15 And if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you, out of hand, if I have found favor in your sight...

Numbers 20:3 And the people strived with Moses, and spoke, saying, Would God that we had died when our brothers died before the LORD!

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree...

Job 3:20,21 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul...

Job 6:8,9 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!...

Jeremiah 20:14-18 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bore me be blessed...

Philippians 1:21-25 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain...


Jonah 4:8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on the head of Jonah...

Job 7:15,16 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life...

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.

1 Corinthians 9:15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done to me...

The Gourd. Jonah 4:07

John Newton—Olney Hymns

God's Love for Man
Nature and revelation alike testify of God's love. Our Father in heaven is the source of life, of wisdom, and of joy. Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature. Think of their marvelous adaptation to the needs and happiness, not only of man, but of all living creatures. The sunshine and the rain, that gladden and refresh the earth, the hills and seas and plains, all speak to us of the Creator's love. It is God who supplies the daily needs of all His creatures. In the beautiful words of
Ellen Gould White—Steps to Christ

Cross References
1 Kings 19:4
while he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors."

Job 6:8
"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,

Job 6:9
that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!

Job 7:15
so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.

Job 7:16
I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.

Ecclesiastes 7:1
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

Jeremiah 8:3
Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the LORD Almighty.'

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