Book of Jonah 3:1-10.
The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: "Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you." So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD'S bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it.
Jonah began his journey through the
city, and had gone but a single day's walk announcing, "Forty days more and Nineveh shall be
destroyed," when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great
and small, put on sackcloth.
When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid
aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes. Then he had this proclaimed
throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: "Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor
sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water. Man and beast shall be
covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the
violence he has in hand. Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so
that we shall not perish."
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.
Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness;
in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.
Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me.
A clean heart create for me, God;
renew in me a
Do not drive me from your presence,
nor take from me your holy spirit.
For you do not desire sacrifice;
a burnt offering you
would not accept.
My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit;
God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:29-32.
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment the queen of the
south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the
ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here".
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