Ninevah was saved by trusting the Lord’s mercy. Trusting the the Lord’s mercy is never a bad idea, is it?

Ninevah was saved by trusting the Lord’s mercy. Trusting the the Lord’s mercy is never a bad idea, is it?

BibleGateway: Jonah 3:1-10

ESV Text: Jonah 3:1-10

Jonah 3 (Listen)

Jonah Goes to Nineveh

3:1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,1 three days’ journey in breadth.2 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

The People of Nineveh Repent

The word reached3 the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Footnotes

[1] 3:3 Hebrew a great city to God

[2] 3:3 Or a visit was a three days’ journey

[3] 3:6 Or had reached

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KJV Text: Jonah 3:1-10

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     1 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 be overthrown.

     5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? 10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 503 :
Rise, Crowned with Light

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1. Rise, crowned with light, imperial Salem, rise!
Exalt thy tow’ring head and lift thine eyes;
See heav’n its sparkling portals wide display
And break upon thee in a flood of day.

2. See a long race thy spacious courts adorn;
See future sons and daughters, yet unborn,
In crowding ranks on ev’ry side arise
Demanding life, impatient for the skies.

3. See barb’rous nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in the light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars thronged with prostrate kings,
While ev’ry land its joyful tribute brings.

4. The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay,
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;
But fixed this Word, this saving pow’r, remains;
Thy realms shall last, thine own Messiah reigns.


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