1685. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/jonah-3.html. But GOD knows any and everything so nothing takes GOD by surprise, GOD knew what would happen after the people heard Jonah. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/jonah-3.html. Such is the repentance of God. 2. 1857. See this doctrine more fully explained in my Commentary on Genesis 6:6 and Jeremiah 18:7-10. God's sparing Nineveh, when in the jaws of destruction, on the first dawn of repentance, encourages the timid penitent, and shows beforehand that Israel's doom, soon after accomplished, is to be ascribed, not to unwillingness to forgive on God's part, but to their own obstinate impenitence. And, after that Jonah had been well disciplined for his contumacy, and was set at liberty, Second, there was a serious, pronounced bias in recording history that gave only the most favorable of impressions. A man cannot repent without repenting of his unbelief in God, and in God’s Son. Cf. And God saw their works — He not only heard their good words, by which they professed repentance, but saw their good works, by which they brought forth fruits meet for repentance. 3:1-5 A Calling Revived. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. So that God sometimes pronounces that a thing shall be, as far as it is contained in the order of inferior causes (as according to the disposition of nature or deserts), which yet doth not take place, because it is otherwise in the superior Divine Cause. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on Jonah 3:10". (1) Jonah’s displeasure at the repentance of the people of Nineveh. The greatest potentate, as he then was, in the world, he instantly abased himself before the King of kings. Jonah: An Exegetical Commentary Ch. If there is one who knows only too well that he is regarded by the Supreme Being with deserved displeasure, let such an one know that a change on his part towards God will result in a corresponding change on God’s part towards himself. It is a clear possibility that they might; and very likely the realization by them of this awful possibility is one of the elements which compose and complete the certainty of perseverance unto the end. ", Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown,", "from the greatest of them even to the least of them,", "Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? He is absolute and must exist as He does without change. 10. Jonah 3:10. Also, God foresaw its good effect; and therefore, in all truth and sincerity, it was put forth. (A. Raleigh, D. D.), As to what Jonah adds, that God was led to repent, it is a mode of speaking that ought to be sufficiently known to us. They turned from their evil way: see Jonah 3:8: they did heartily, presently, and universally turn from the ways of impiety against God, of injustice against man, from the ways of luxury and pride, from all their violence against man; without this all the rest had been not worth the observing, nor would God have regarded it. The conduct of God towards the repentant Ninevites was in accordance with these general principles of His moral government. 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. Unfortunately, our memories do not always serve us well. He recovered of one disease, and died of another, as Benhadad did; he gave but the half turn, and therefore turned at length, and nevertheless into hell, Psalms 9:17. The dealings of God with men have ever been characterised by judgment and mercy. Fortunately, the story is familiar. (Jeremiah 18:7-10.) Their wickedness, as that of Nineveh, is a bold and open affront to God. There is, then, such a thing as repentance, not only on the part of human beings, but also on that of the Divine Being. II. Such an act of grace and forbearance On the part of God ought to have excited the devout thankfulness of the prophet. In God all things are disposed and fixed, nor doth He anything out of any sudden counsel, which He knew not in all eternity that He should do; but, amid the movements of His creature in time, which He governeth marvelously, He, not moved in time, as by a sudden will, is said to do what He disposed by well-ordered causes in the immutability of His most secret counsel whereby things which come to knowledge, each in its time, He both doth when they are present, and already did when they were future.” “God is subject to no dolor of repentance, nor is He deceived in anything, so as to wish to correct wherein He erred. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". How could we trust a God who goes back on His word? The words mean no such thing; but he shows it as a fact which followed, that God was pacified, because the Ninevites repented. Yes, but He also knew that the city would repent under commination. There is a twofold view of God--as He sets Himself forth in His word, and as He is in His hidden counsel. But it is according to our perceptions that there is any change when God forgets His wrath, as though He had put on a new character. So He did with the Ninevites. It is 'mighty crying,' as that of men thoroughly in earnest, which prevails. 3:10). Feinberg, p37. But when they repented, the position in which they stood towards God‘s righteousness was altered. [Note: Ellison, " Jonah ," pp383-84. Having first decided to place the option of obedience and disobedience before nations, his holding them responsible for their actions automatically involves a sort of contingency. Yahweh, the covenant keeping God) occurs frequently earlier and later in the story. He changed the kingdom of Saul when He “repented.”, And in the very place, where Scripture saith, “He repenteth,” it is said a little after, “He is not a man that He should repent.” When then He changes His works through His unchangeable counsels, He is said to repent, on account of the change, not of the counsel, but of the act.” Augustine thinks that God, by using this language of Himself, which all would feel to be inadequate to His Majesty, meant to teach us that all language is inadequate to His Excellences. In this discussion of Jonah 3:10 … (2) Jonah, after such contumacy, might have seemed unworthy to be again accredited as the divine messenger. And God repented of the evil that He had said that He would do unto them, There are certain passages of holy Scripture which assert in the strongest way that God cannot repent, and that He never does. To them one day sufficed; to us shall so many months and years not suffice? He never adapts or accommodates His character to man; man must always accommodate to God. The foundational proposition and premise of the book of Jonah is that God is not a respecter of persons nor places. Jon 3:1-10. Since the whole Scripture testifies that pardon is gratuitously given us, and that God cannot be otherwise propitious to us than by not imputing sins, there is no need, with regard to the present passage, anxiously to inquire why God looked on the works of the Ninevites, so as not to destroy them: for this is said merely as a consequence. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. "E.W. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/jonah-3.html. However the name "LORD" (Heb. His history preached more powerfully than even his awfully monotonous dirge-like cry. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". He not only forgives the converted man, who lays aside his sin, and walks in newness of life; but He has mercy also upon the penitent who confesses and mourns over his sin, and is willing to amend. Many wish so to repent as not to part with their favourite pleasures, luxuries, and worldly vanities. Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Jonah. He noted and noticed them to others; or, he saw them, that is, he approved of them. Watch our overview video on the book of Jonah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. See introduction for the record of the utter removal of Nineveh from the face of the earth. For the meaning of the prophecy is, that the disposition of the inferior causes, whether in nature or in human acts, is such, that such an effect would follow” (as in regard to Hezekiah and Nineveh), “which order of the cause to the effect is sometimes hindered by other things supervening. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/jonah-3.html. Repentance in man is change of mind and purpose, issuing in change of conduct; but repentance in God is only change of operation or administration, according as man’s conduct agrees with, or violates, the requirements of the Divine law. Jonah’s Anger. Then the army of the country of Assyriadefeated Syria in war, which made S… Continued from Ch. Why listed? But we are to learn from other parts of Scripture how God becomes gracious to us, and how we obtain pardon with him, and whether this comes to us for our merits and repentance or whether God himself forgives us freely. None ever venture all on God's mercy and are disappointed. Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Designed by Elegant Themes He saw that they turned from their evil way — And that was what he looked for and required. BibliographyHawker, Robert, D.D. The superficial observer says it is changeable, for the mercury certainly moves in the tube. 1871-8. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/jonah-3.html. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". God may be said to be, “unchangeably changeable.” Illustrate from the thermometer or from the tides. Whence Gregory saith, ‹though God changeth the thing, His counsel He doth not change.‘ When then He saith, “I will repent,” Jeremiah 18:8. it is understood as said metaphorically, for men, when they fulfill not what they threatened, seem to repent.”. But unless God sees turning, he sees no work in a fast, saith one upon this very text. BibliographyCalvin, John. In the last verse of the third chapter we come upon a difficulty which has exercised the faith and called forth the ingenuity of interpreters. He knew certainly, that if He were to send the prophets far off to the Gentiles with such an announcement, they would hear and repent.” God saw them, looked upon them, approved them, accepted the Ninevites not for time only, but, as many as persevered, for eternity. (Calmet) (In the year 3378, Usher) --- The vestiges did not appear in the days of Lucian, (Charon. The Ninevites did return, etc., and therefore escaped the threatened judgment. 1599-1645. CHAPTER 3. Yahweh, the covenant keeping God) occurs frequently earlier and later in the story. That is the way a mirror reacts to whatever gets in front of it. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/jonah-3.html. Elohim, the strong one) appears exclusively. Chapter 2. Jesus Christ himself said, concerning the Ninevites, that, "They repented at the preaching of Jonah" (Matthew 12:41). There was something about the whole matter that displeased Jonah. promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, And also the Strength of Israel will not lie, Jas 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is, The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy. God morally regards us at any one moment just as we are. DD. There are large segments of undocumented history. But in His actual dispensations with man He deals with him according to the state of his heart and life. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/jonah-3.html. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". "Commentary on Jonah 3:10". If he had not seen that, their fasting and sackcloth would have been as nothing in his account. The reason why the announcement of destruction was made absolute, and not dependent on Nineveh's continued impenitence, was, that this form was the only one calculated to rouse them; and at the same time it was a truthful representation of God's purpose toward Nineveh under its existing state, and of Nineveh's due. (5) One day's preaching of God's minister sufficed to bring a whole people to their knees. “God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way.” This settles the matter. (10) Besides our general and common sins, each one has his own besetting sin. But when they repented, the position in which they stood toward God's righteousness was altered. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days' walk. We conceive better of these Ninevites, though some are of the opinion that their repentance was but feigned and forced, as was that of Pharaoh and Ahab, as appears (say they) by the sequent history, by their dealing against the Jews, and by Nahum. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". Though he is said to repent, it is not as man doth, who may, through frailty of his nature, lie; but our God is not a man, or as the son of man, that he should change or lie. That gives the changeless principle of God’s government, and it explains all the changes in His attitude towards nations and persons. Instead of rejoicing and enjoying the mercy of God, Jonah wanted to see the people of Nineveh pay for their sins!It is clear by what Jonah says that he understood what God was doing. 9 “And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, 10 “if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.”. If thou ask, ‹what then is said worthily of God? God’s reproof of Jonah, and vindication of Himself. BibliographyScofield, C. I. For though some seem to have turned back His thoughts by their deprecations, yet this was His inward thought, that they should be able by their deprecations to turn back His sentence, and that they should receive from Him whereby to avail with Him. "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". The answer is, that He knew that the city would repent under the shadow of the Divine commination. I say, ‹God is just,‘ because in man‘s words I find nothing‘ better, for He is beyond justice. (Haydock). It is, of course, impossible to say how long their repentance lasted. Every age and sex alike applies itself to offices of mourning; all ornament was laid aside; food was refused to the suckling, and the age, as yet unstained by sins of its own, bare the weight of those of others; the mute animals lacked their own food. The idea of God repenting is an anthropopathism (an idea about God put in human psychological terms). It makes Him simply a Being of pure thought and unrelenting will. Elohim, the strong one) appears exclusively. Si resipuit a vino, &c. If he repented of his drunkenness yet he continued an infidel; he was still temulentus sacrilegio, drunk with superstition. The inhabitants repented, and by so doing occasioned God Himself to repent of His purpose in relation to them. It was man who aligned himself with God and not God aligning Himself with man. Bibliotheca Sacra152:608 (October-December1995):387-99. Yet to that end Scripture condescendeth healthfully to those words from which thou shrinkest, that thou shouldest not think that what thou deemest great is said worthily of Him. "First of all, the extant records are comparatively few. The statement in Jonah 3:10, that “God saw their doing, that they turned from their evil ways; and He repented of the evil that He had said that He would do to them, and did it not” (cf. Book List. (10) And God repented.—See Note, Genesis 6:6. Print. 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