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Jonah 3:5


The people 1  of Nineveh believed in God, 2  and they declared a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 3 


Ex 9:18-21; 2Ch 20:3; Ezr 8:21; Jer 31:34; Jer 36:9; Jer 42:1,8; Joe 1:14; Joe 2:12-17; Mt 12:41; Lu 11:32; Ac 8:10; Ac 27:25; Heb 11:1,7

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tn Heb “men.” The term is used generically here for “people” (so KJV, ASV, and many other English versions); cf. NIV “the Ninevites.”

sn The people of Nineveh believed in God…. Verse 5 provides a summary of the response in Nineveh; the people of all ranks believed and gave evidence of contrition by fasting and wearing sackcloth (2 Sam 12:16, 19-23; 1 Kgs 21:27-29; Neh 9:1-2). Then vv. 6-9 provide specific details, focusing on the king’s reaction. The Ninevites’ response parallels the response of the pagan sailors in 1:6 and 13-16.

tn Heb “from the greatest of them to the least of them.”

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