Archive for August 2006

Jonah 4

Jonah 4:1-3 But it greatly displeased Jonah, and he became angry. 2 And 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 Thou art a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. 3 “Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life.”

Jonah 3

Jonah 3:1-3 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days’ walk.

Jonah 2

Jonah 2:1-4 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach of the fish, 2 and he said, “I called out of my distress to the LORD, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; Thou didst hear my voice. 3 “For Thou hadst cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Thy breakers and billows passed over me. 4 “So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Thy sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Thy holy temple.’

Jonah 1

Jonah 1:1-3 The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

Introduction to Jonah

A summary of the history of Assyria:
Nimrod, a descendant of Ham, founded some prominent early cities in Assyria: Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and Resen (Gen. 10:10-12, cf. Micah 5:6). The Assyrian empire, named for its original capital Asshur, spanned from 1365 to 609 B.C. Assyria was a rich agricultural state. The heartland of the civilization comprised of the region along the Tigris River and the adjacent plains, from Nineveh to Asshur (northern Mesopotamia) .