3 1And the word of the Lord came to Jonas the second time, saying: 2Arise, and go to Ninive the great city: and preach in it the preaching that I bid thee. 3And Jonas arose, and went to Ninive, according to the word of the Lord: now Ninive was a great city of three days' journey. 4And Jonas began to enter into the city one day's journey: and he cried, and said: Yet forty days, and Ninive shall be destroyed. 5And the men of Ninive believed in God: and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least. 6And the word came to the king of Ninive; and he rose up out of his throne, and cast away his robe from him, and was clothed with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7And he caused it to be proclaimed and published in Ninive from the mouth of the king and of his princes, saying: Let neither men nor beasts, oxen nor sheep, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water. 8And let men and beasts be covered with sackcloth, and cry to the Lord with all their strength, and let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the iniquity that is in their hands. 9Who can tell if God will turn, and forgive: and will turn away from his fierce anger, and we shall not perish? 10And God saw their works, that they were turned from their evil way: and God had mercy with regard to the evil which he had said that he would do to them, and he did it not.
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