The People of Nineveh Respond to Jonah’s Message and Repent
Joseph Smith Translation, Jonah 3:1–10
1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. 5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock taste anything; let them not feed, nor drink water; 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God; yea, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 9 Who can tell, if we will repent, and turn unto God, but he will turn away from us his fierce anger, that we perish not? 10 And God saw their works that they turned from their evil way and repented; and God turned away the evil that he had said he would bring upon them.
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said:
“While the scriptures show the consequences of disobedience, they also show what can happen when people listen to the Lord and heed His counsel.
“When the wicked city of Nineveh heard the warning voice of the prophet Jonah, they cried mightily to the Lord, repented, and were saved from destruction (see Jonah 3:4–10).”
(“Journey to Higher Ground,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2005, 18.)