Jonah 3:9

“Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Who can tell if God will turne and repent, and turne away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Who knoweth whether God will not turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who may say that God will not be turned, changing his purpose and turning away from his burning wrath, so that destruction may not overtake us?
- Basic English Bible

Who knoweth but that God will turn and repent, and will turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
- Darby Bible

Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
- Webster's Bible

Who knows whether God will not turn and relent, and turn away from his fierce anger, so that we might not perish?"
- World English Bible

Who knoweth? He doth turn back, and God hath repented, and hath turned back from the heat of His anger, and we do not perish.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Who knoweth whether God will not turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Jonah 3:9

  • In response to Sarah's post.
    There are several instances in the bible were God has changed His mind or been convinced to change His mind.
    Shortening our lifespans so as not to have to contend with us for so long. (Can't really argue with that one myself)
    Abraham arguing to spare the righteous in Sodom and Gomorrah and several times in the Old Testament the Hebrews took our God to the limit of his limitless patience.
    In Isa. 1:18 God actually invites us to, "come and reason together..."
    He is truly an amazing God. A terrible and awesome God who is also the God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...
    I don't know if the translation is correct in the use of the word "repent" I rather prefer "relent" I think it's more likely a correct translation but that's just opinion.
  • SarahJane for verse 9
    When I was reading a book and read this verse it said if God would "repent", I was shocked to read this and I even asked some friends about the bookn and we agreed it was not a true Christian book, God doesnt need to repent, He is Almighty God, then I returned home and was ready to email the book's author but decided to look this verse up and it does say in several translations that ig God would repent of His anger, I'm a bit puzzled? god may change His mind but repent?? any thoughts?

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