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.'
Jonah 4:3 Parallel
CommentaryClarke'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.
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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."
"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,
that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.
I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the LORD Almighty.'
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