Old Testament


Jonah (4 chapters) is God-sent to Nineveh
To prophesy doom, but instead he runs away.
He sails for Tarshish, but there's a great storm at sea -
The sailors cast lots - and find Jonah the cause be.
Throw me overboard!" he cries. At first they refused,
But when they did were shocked - the storm was defused!
Then God sent a great fish to swallow the prophet;
Repentant, three days and nights in its gullet
He prayed, was vomited on a beach - changed in ways,
At Nineveh preached God would judge in 40 days.
He was vexed when they repented, and God lives spared,
But when God dried his shading plant, for life then cared.

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