Jonah 4:11

“And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And should not I spare Nineueh that great citie, wherein are more then sixscore thousand persons, that cannot discerne betweene their right hand and their left hand, and also much cattell?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know {the difference} between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and should not I have regard for Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And am I not to have mercy on Nineveh, that great town, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons without the power of judging between right and left, as well as much cattle?
- Basic English Bible

and I, should not I have pity on Nineveh, the great city, wherein are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
- Darby Bible

And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand, and also many cattle?
- Webster's Bible

Shouldn't I be concerned for Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred twenty thousand persons who can't discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much livestock?"
- World English Bible

and I -- have not I pity on Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than twelve myriads of human beings, who have not known between their right hand and their left -- and much cattle!'
- Youngs Literal Bible

and should not I have pity on Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand, and also much cattle?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jonah 4:11


4:11 I - The God of infinite compassions and goodness. That great city - Wouldest thou have me less merciful to such a goodly city, than thou art to a weed? Who cannot discern - Here are more than six - score innocents who are infants. Much cattle - Beside men, women and children who are in Nineveh, there are many other of my creatures that are not sinful, and my tender mercies are and shall be over all my works. If thou wouldest be their butcher, yet I will be their God. Go Jonah, rest thyself content and be thankful: that goodness, which spared Nineveh, hath spared thee in this thy inexcusable frowardness. I will be to repenting Nineveh what I am to thee, a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and I will turn from the evil which thou and they deserve.


Discussion for Jonah 4

  • Min Todd Jackson
    I c myself as a Jonah in my current situation .. I'm pray ing God vomit me out of the belly of hell !
  • Jacqueline
    A very good lesson to learn, about judging others, obeying God and forgiveness, and walking in love. Gods ways is nothing like ours. His thoughts our far beyond what we can think or imagine. Obedience is far better than sacrifice.
  • Irene123
    To Anne on Jonah ch. 4; Anne, that was beautiful, and so well said, and easy to read - very good typing; you must proof read.....?
    I was raised a newspaper editors dau., and I still forget to proof read.
  • Anne
    The book of Jonah teaches us about the importance of obedience, repentance, forgiveness and love. Jonah was disobedient and repented. God forgave him. He took the message to Nineveh. Nineveh repented and God forgave them. God's love and mercy for the people of Nineveh spared them from disaster. We should also have compassion for those who are not yet saved and be willing to go where God sends us.
  • Eaglesrock
    Jonah was disappointed, angry with God for having Mercy on them: The greatest problem in the Book of Jonah is neither the fish, nor the repentance of Nineveh, but the repentance of Jonah. God has more difficulty with Jonah than with any other feature of the book. They don t deserve Mercy: Jonah says This is why I did not want to go the first time. I knew you would show Mercy, that you are a gracious God, and Merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness Jonah new that if he preached Judgment to Nineveh, that they would repent, that the Lord would save them.
  • HARY COLLINS
    God is sovereign and deserves our services, no one has the right to question his actions or commands. All we need to do is to obey whenever He calls us to do anything for Him, for that is the reason he created us.

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