Jonah 4: Hypocrisy


Jonah 4:2, “He prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity.” NASB

In Jonah 4:2, the prophet brings a case against God and questions Yahweh’s integrity (Sweeney, 329). He states that God is a hypocrite and is not consistent in His actions. He argues that he already knew that God would be unpredictable and retract His judgment and have mercy on Nineveh. Jonah 4:5 reconfirms Jonah’s belief that God is not trustworthy. The author of Jonah states that the prophet left the city and rested outside of Nineveh to see what God would do to the city. Jonah sits and waits to…

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