And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time,saying, Arise, go unto to Nineveh, that great city, and preachunto it the preaching that I bid thee.
So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the wordof the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of threedays' journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day'sjourney, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Ninevehshall be overthrown.
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast,and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the leastof them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arosefrom his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered himwith sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to beproclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of theking and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd norflock taste anything: let them not feed, nor drink water: but letman and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily untoGod: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from theviolence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turnand repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perishnot?
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way;and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would dounto them; and he did it not.—Jonah iii.