¶ Then came the word of the LORD unto Ionas again, saying: up, and get thee to Ninive that great city, and preach unto them the preaching that I bade thee. So Ionas arose, and went to Ninive at the LORD's commandment. Ninive was a great city unto God, namely of three days' journey. And Ionas went to, and entered in to the city: even a day's journey, and cried, saying: There are yet forty days and then shall Ninive be overthrown.
¶ And the people of Ninive believed God, and proclaimed fasting, and arrayed themselves in sackcloth, as well the great as the small of them. And the tidings came unto the king of Ninive, which arose out of his seat, and did his apparel off, and put on sackcloth, and sat him down in ashes. And it was cried and commanded in Ninive, by the auctorite of the king and his lords, saying: See that neither man or beast, ox or sheep, taste ought at all: and that they neither feed nor drink water: but put on sackcloth both man and beast, and cry mightily unto God: yea, see that every man turn from his evil way, and from their wickedness, that he hath in hand. Who can tell? God may turn, and repent, and cease from his fierce wrath, that we perish not. And when God saw their works, how they turned from their wicked ways: he repented on the evil, which he said he would do unto them, and did it not.