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Jonah 4:4

    Jonah 4:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then said the LORD, Do you well to be angry?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Jehovah said, Doest thou well to be angry?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the Lord said, Have you any right to be angry?

    Webster's Revision

    And Jehovah said, Doest thou well to be angry?

    World English Bible

    Yahweh said, "Is it right for you to be angry?"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the LORD said, Doest thou well to be angry?

    Clarke's Commentary on Jonah 4:4

    Doest thou well to be angry? - ההיטב הרה לך haheitib harah lac, "Is anger good for thee?" No, anger is good for no man; but an angry preacher, minister, bishop, or prophet, is an abominable man. He who, in denouncing the word of God against sinners, joins his own passions with the Divine threatenings, is a cruel and bad man, and should not be an overseer in God's house. A surly bishop, a peevish, passionate preacher, will bring neither glory to God, nor good to man. Dr. Taylor renders the clause, "Art thou very much grieved?" A man may be very much grieved that a sinner is lost; but who but he who is of a fiendish nature will be grieved because God's mercy triumphs over judgment?

    Barnes' Notes on Jonah 4:4

    And the Lord said, Doest thou well to be angry? - o God, being appealed to, answers the appeal. So does He often in prayer, by some secret voice, answer the inquirer. There is right anger against the sin. Moses' anger was right, when he broke the tables. Exodus 32:19. God secretly suggests to Jonah that his anger was not right, as our Lord instructed Luke 9:55. James and John that "theirs" was not. The question relates to the quality, not to the greatness of his anger. It was not the vehemence of his passionate desire for Israel, which God reproves, but that it was turned against the Ninevites . "What the Lord says to Jonah, he says to all, who in their office of the cure of souls are angry. They must, as to this same anger, be recalled into themselves, to regard the cause or object of their anger, and weigh warily and attentively whether they "do well to be angry." For if they are angry, not with men but with the sins of men, if they hate and persecute, not men, but the vices of men, they are rightly angry, their zeal is good. But if they are angry, not with sins but with men, if they hate, not vices but men, they are angered amiss, their zeal is bad. This then which was said to one, is to be watchfully looked to and decided by all, 'Doest thou well to be angry? '"