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Jonah 4:3

    Jonah 4:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So now, O Lord, give ear to my prayer and take my life from me; for death is better for me than life.

    Webster's Revision

    Therefore now, O 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."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Jonah 4:3

    Beseech - To call upon; appeal; beg.

    Clarke's Commentary on Jonah 4:3

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Jonah 4:3

    Therefore now, O Lord, take I beseech Thee my life from me - He had rather die, than see the evil which was to come upon his country. Impatient though he was, he still cast himself upon God. By asking of God to end his life, he, at least, committed himself to the sovereign disposal of God . "Seeing that the Gentiles are, in a manner, entering in, and that those words are being fulfilled, Deuteronomy 32:21. "They have moved Me to jealousy with" that which is "not God, and I will move them to jealousy with" those which are "not a people, I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation," he despairs of the salvation of Israel, and is convulsed with great sorrow, which bursts out into words and sets forth the causes of grief, saying in a manner, 'Am I alone chosen out of so many prophets, to announce destruction to my people through the salvation of others?' He grieved not, as some think, that the multitude of nations is saved, but that Israel perishes. Whence our Lord also wept over Jerusalem. The Apostles first preached to Israel. Paul wishes to become an anathema for his Romans 9:3-5. brethren who are Israelites, whose is the adoption and the glory and the covenant, and the giving of the law and the service of God, and the promises, whose are the fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came." Jonah had discharged his office faithfully now. He had done what God commanded; God had done by him what He willed. Now, then, he prayed to be discharged. So Augustine in his last illness prayed that he might die, before the Vandals brought suffering and devastation on his country .

    Wesley's Notes on Jonah 4:3

    4:3 Than to live - Disgraced and upbraided by hardened sinners, who will brand me for a liar.