1 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you." 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, 1 a three-day journey 1 in extent. 4 And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day's walk. Then a he cried out and said, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" 5 So the b people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.
Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth c and sat in ashes.
d And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his 3 nobles, saying,
Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, e let every one turn from his evil way and from f the violence that is in his hands. 9 g Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?
10 h Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.