New International Version
But God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" "It is," he said. "And I'm so angry I wish I were dead."
King James Bible
And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
Darby Bible Translation
And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, unto death.
World English Bible
God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the vine?" He said, "I am right to be angry, even to death."
Young's Literal Translation
And God saith unto Jonah: 'Is doing good displeasing to thee, because of the gourd?' and he saith, 'To do good is displeasing to me -- unto death.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I do well to be angry, even unto death - Many persons suppose that the gifts of prophecy and working miracles are the highest that can be conferred on man; but they are widely mistaken, for the gifts change not the heart. Jonah had the gift of prophecy, but had not received that grace which destroys the old man and creates the soul anew in Christ Jesus. This is the love of which St. Paul speaks, which if a man have not, though he had the gift of prophecy, and could miraculously remove mountains, yet in the sight of God, and for any good himself might reap from it, it would be as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. Jonah was a prophet, and yet had all his old bad tempers about him, in a shameful predominancy. Balaam was of the same kind. So we find that God gave the gift of prophecy even to graceless men. But many of the prophets were sanctified in their nature before their call to the prophetic office, and were the most excellent of men.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Doest thou well to be angry? or, Art thou greatly angry?
I do well to be angry. or, I am greatly angry.
LibraryThe Gourd. Jonah 4:07
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Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.
But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.
When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live."
But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.
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