Jonah goes to Nineveh

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An EasyEnglish Drama Unit (Accessible Easy English) on the Book of Jonah

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Frances Jones

 

Introduction for the teacher

 

This unit on Jonah has seven parts.

1.  Introduction for the teacher

2.  Short story, “Jonah goes to Nineveh”

3.  Mime play with a narrator and Jonah, based on “Jonah goes to Nineveh”

4.  Narrated play with ad lib speaking parts based on “Jonah goes to Nineveh”

5.  Play, “Jonah and God” with 7 or more actors

6.  English practice (may be used as an introduction to the story)

7.  Word list for “Jonah goes to Nineveh”

 

 

Background

 

Assyria was a country located where northern Iraq is today. In 800 BC, when Jonah lived, Assyria was a world power.

Nineveh was Assyria’s capital city. It was across the river from today’s Mosul, Iraq. Nineveh was destroyed in 612 to 607 BC by the Medes’ and Persians’ armies coming from the east.

The Assyrians and Israel were never friends. The Assyrian army attacked and raided Israel’s cities for hundreds of years. The Assyrian army was cruel. They killed people in the cities by the hundreds. Sometimes they skinned their prisoners alive. They cut off hands or feet. They practiced child sacrifice.

All of this may explain why Jonah hated Nineveh and its people. History in the Bible (II Kings, chapters 17, 18 and 19) tells about some of Israel’s wars with Assyria.

Jonah’s warning changed Assyria for only a short time. The Assyrians soon began raiding, killing and burning Israel’s cities again.

Jonah’s story is a very old one, but Jonah may not have written it. It was probably written in 600 BC, 200 years after Jonah lived.

Nevertheless, Jonah’s story is important. It shows God’s love for people, even enemies, if they repent. This was a new idea in Jonah’s time.

 


Note about the play “Jonah and God”:  Reading the play’s lines aloud several times helps actors grasp the whole story and helps them remember sequence.

 

References:

The New English Bible

Today’s English Bible

The Bible, New International Version

An Encyclopaedia of World History, William L. Langer, 1972, Houghton Mifflin Company


Jonah goes to Nineveh

By Frances Jones

 

God has a job for Jonah.

He tells Jonah,

                   ‘Jonah, go to the city of Nineveh and say this:

                   People of Nineveh! I bring you a message from God.

                   God says you hurt people.

                   You rob people.

                   You kill people.

                   Your hurting and robbing and killing is a bad smell to God.

                   So God is going to destroy Nineveh.

                   He is going to destroy your homes.

                   And he is going to destroy you!’

God says, ‘Go, Jonah.

                   Tell the people in Nineveh that I will destroy the city.

                   Tell them I cannot stand the way they live’.

Jonah says, ‘What? God, you want me to go to those bad people?

                   No! I will not go!

                   Go ahead and destroy Nineveh.

                   That is what people in Nineveh deserve’.

Jonah says, ‘I know what you will do, God.

          You are a God of love.

          If those people change, you will forgive them.

     And then you will not destroy them or the city.

     I do not want them to change.

     They are bad. Go ahead and destroy them!’


So Jonah does not go to Nineveh.

Jonah gets on a ship and goes the other way.

When he gets on the ship, he goes to sleep.

A wind begins to blow the ship.

It blows harder and harder.

The waves get bigger and bigger.

The men on the ship are afraid.

The waves begin to come over the ship.

A man says, ‘Someone on this ship is bad luck.

                   Who is it? Who is it?’

Jonah says, ‘I am bad luck. God is angry at me.

                   Throw me into the waves.

                   Then you and the ship will be OK’.

The men throw Jonah into the waves.

The wind goes away. The waves go down.

The ship is OK.

But Jonah is in the water!

The waves throw him up and down.

They throw him back and forth.

A big fish comes along and swallows Jonah.

Jonah calls to God,

                   ‘From the water, I call to you.

                   From the fish’s belly, I call to you.

          I will die here in the dark.

                   But I praise you, God.

                   I praise you’.


God makes the fish spit Jonah out.

It spits Jonah out on dry land.

God tells Jonah again,

                   ‘Go to Nineveh, Jonah.

                   Tell the people I will destroy Nineveh in forty days’.

This time Jonah goes to Nineveh.

He walks in Nineveh for three days.

Jonah walks and calls to the people,

                   ‘People of Nineveh!

                   God will destroy this city in forty days.

                   He will destroy you in forty days.

                   God will destroy this city in forty days!

                   He will destroy you in forty days’.

People begin to listen to Jonah. The king comes to listen.

The king thinks about what Jonah says.

Then the king calls the people together.

The king says,

                   ‘Hurting and robbing and killing is wrong.

 We must change.

 We will tell Jonah’s God that we are sorry.

                   Each person must say, “I am sorry.”

                   We will not eat or drink.

                   We will not let our animals eat or drink.

                   We will put on sackcloth to say we are sorry.

                   We will sit in dust and ashes to say we are sorry.

                   We will stop hurting and robbing and killing.

                   Then maybe Jonah’s God will not destroy us’.


God looks at Nineveh and at the people living there.

He sees that the people are sorry for the way they lived.

He sees that the people will change.

He feels sorry for them and does not destroy them.

Jonah is angry. He is very, very angry!

He says to God,

                   ‘Yes, God, you did just what I said!

                   The people of Nineveh said they were sorry,

                             and you forgave them!

                   What about me?

                   People are laughing at me.

                   My word is nothing!

                   I am better off dead!’

Jonah goes to the city gate.

He makes a little tent and sits in it.

God makes a vine to grow over Jonah’s tent.

It shades Jonah from the hot sun.

Jonah gives thanks for the vine that shades him.

But the next day a worm kills the vine.

Then the sun burns hot on Jonah’s head.

The hot wind blows on him.

Jonah says,

                   ‘I am better off dead’.

God asks Jonah,

                   ‘Why are you angry?

                   Are you sorry for the vine?’

 


Jonah says,

                   ‘I am angry. A worm killed my vine.

                   And I am sorry for the vine’.

God says,

                   ‘Jonah, you did not make that vine grow.

                   You did not plant it.

                   You did not water it.

                   It came up one day and the next day a worm killed it’.

                   It was just a vine, yet you feel sorry for it’.

God goes on,

                   ‘The city of Nineveh has 120 000 people.

                   It has many, many animals.

                   Can I not care for all those people?

                   Can I not care for all those animals?

                   Can I not be sorry for them?’

Jonah thinks on what God has said.

At last he says, ‘Yes, God, I see that you have love for all people.’


 

Jonah goes to Nineveh (in mime)

by Frances Jones

 

 

 

CHARACTERS

 

Jonah, miming the story

Narrator, reading the story

 

 

 

NARRATOR

JONAH

 

 

Jonah goes to Nineveh

 

By Frances Jones

 

 

 

God has a job for Jonah.

 

He tells Jonah, ‘Jonah, go to the city of Nineveh and say this:

 

   People of Nineveh! I bring you a message from God. God says you hurt each other. You rob each other. You kill each other. Your hurting and robbing and killing is a bad smell to God.

(Jonah tips his head, listening. He walks back and forth, listening.)

   So God is going to destroy Nineveh. He is going to destroy your homes. And he is going to destroy you!’

 

 

 

 

 

   God says, ‘Go, Jonah. Tell the people in Nineveh that I will destroy the city.

 

Tell them I cannot stand the way they live’.

(Jonah shakes his head. He walks away, shaking his head.)

   Jonah says, ‘What? God, you want me to go to those bad people? No! I will not go! Go ahead and destroy Nineveh. That is what those people deserve’.

(Jonah looks up. He shakes his head hard. He waves his hands back and forth in front of him to signal ‘no’.)

   Jonah says, ‘I know what you will do, God. You are a God of love. If those people change, you will forgive them. And then you will not destroy them or the city. I do not want them to change. They are bad.

(Jonah looks up and acts as if he is talking to God. He points his finger at God. He nods his head.)

Go ahead and destroy them!’

(Jonah shakes his head and turns away.)

   So Jonah does not go to Nineveh. He gets on a ship and goes away.

(Jonah waves to a ship captain. He talks to the captain. He pays.) (Jonah gets on the ship. He lies down and goes to sleep.)

A wind begins to blow the ship. It blows harder and harder. The waves get bigger and bigger. The men on the ship are afraid. The waves come over the ship.

(Jonah wakes up. He has a hard time standing up.)

   A man says, ‘Someone on this ship is bad luck.

 

Who is it? Who is it?’

 

   Jonah says, ‘I am bad luck. God is angry at me. Throw me into the waves. Then you and the ship will be OK’.

(Jonah points to himself. He motions to throw him into the sea.)

   The men throw Jonah into the waves. The wind goes away. The waves go down. The ship is OK.

(Jonah goes into the sea.)

   But Jonah is in the water! The waves throw him up and down.

(Jonah is in the sea. He is rolling over and over. He tries to get something off his head.)

They throw him back and forth. A big fish comes along and swallows Jonah.

(Jonah stops rolling and fighting. He sits up. He feels a round place. He looks afraid.)

   Jonah calls to God, ‘From the water, I call to you. From the fish’s belly, I call to you. I will die here in the dark. But I praise you, God. I praise you’.

(Jonah prays.)

   God makes the fish spit Jonah out. It spits Jonah out on dry land.

(Jonah jumps up. He dances. He is happy to be out of the fish.)

   God tells Jonah again, ‘Go to Nineveh, Jonah. Tell the people I will destroy Nineveh in forty days’.

(Jonah listens. He nods his head ‘yes’.)

This time Jonah goes to Nineveh. He walks in Nineveh for three days.

(Jonah walks back and forth.)

   Jonah walks and calls to the people, ‘People of Nineveh! God will destroy this city in forty days. He will destroy you in forty days. God will destroy this city in forty days! He will destroy you in forty days’.

(Jonah puts his hand to his mouth. He turns to the left. He turns to the right. He is calling.)

People begin to listen to Jonah. The king comes to listen. The king thinks about what Jonah says.

(Jonah talks to the king. He tells him the people must change.)

   Then the king calls the people together. The king says, ‘Hurting and robbing and killing are wrong. We must change.

 

   We will tell Jonah’s God that we are sorry. Each person must say, “I am sorry.” We will not eat or drink. We will not let our animals eat or drink. We will put on sackcloth to say we are sorry. We will sit in dust and ashes to say we are sorry. We will stop hurting and robbing and killing. Then maybe Jonah’s God will not destroy us’.

 

   God looks at Nineveh and at the people living there. He sees that the people are sorry for the way they lived. He sees that the people will change. He feels sorry for them and does not destroy them.

(Jonah looks angry. He stomps back and forth.)

   Jonah is angry. He is very, very angry! He says to God, ‘God, you did just as I said! The people of Nineveh said they were sorry, and you forgave them!’

(Jonah shakes his fist and talks to God.)

   ‘What about me? People laugh at me. My word is nothing! I am better off dead!’

(Jonah points to himself. He shows that people laugh at him. He is angry.)

   Jonah goes to the city gate. He makes a little tent and sits in it.

(Jonah sulks and stomps away. He makes a tent and sits down.)

   God makes a vine to grow over Jonah’s tent. It shades Jonah from the hot sun. Jonah gives thanks for the vine that shades him.

(Jonah sees the plant and watches it grow over his tent. Jonah goes to sleep.)

   But the next day a worm kills the vine.

(Jonah wakes up. He picks up the plant. He sees that it is dead and he drops it.)

Then the sun burns hot on Jonah’s head. The hot wind blows on him.

(Jonah is hot. His head is burning with the sun and wind.)

   Jonah says, ‘I am better off dead’.

 

   God asks Jonah, ‘Why are you angry? Are you sorry for the vine?’

 

   Jonah says, ‘I am angry. A worm killed my vine. And I am sorry for the vine’.

(Jonah acts angry as he talks to God.)

   God says, ‘Jonah, you did not make that vine grow. You did not plant it. You did not water it. It came up one day and, the next day, a worm killed it. It was just a vine, yet you feel sorry for it’.

(Jonah nods his head, but he is still angry.)

   God goes on, ‘The city of Nineveh has 120 000 people. It has many, many animals. Can I not care for all those people? Can I not care for all those animals? Can I not be sorry for them?’

(Jonah bows his head. He nods his head when he hears what God says.)

   Jonah thinks on what God has said. At last he says, ‘Yes, God, I see that you have love for all people’.

(Jonah sits with his head bowed.)

 

 

Jonah goes to Nineveh (ad lib)
by Frances Jones

 

 

 

CHARACTERS

 

Narrator, reading the story

God

Jonah

Other characters as the group allows

 

 

 

NARRATOR: God wants Jonah to go to Nineveh.

 

(Tell what God says.)

 

NARRATOR: But Jonah does not want to go.

 

(Tell what Jonah says.)

 

NARRATOR: Jonah got on a ship that was going the other way.

 

(Tell what Jonah says to the ship captain.)

(Tell what the captain says.)

 

NARRATOR: A big storm comes. The wind blows. The waves come over the ship. But Jonah is still sleeping.

 

(Tell what the men on the ship say.)

(Tell what the captain says.)

 

NARRATOR: Jonah tells the men why he is on the ship.

 

(Tell what Jonah says)

(Tell what the men say.)

 

NARRATOR: The men throw Jonah into the sea. Then a big fish swallows Jonah. Jonah prays to God.

 

(Tell what Jonah prays.)

 

NARRATOR: The fish spits Jonah out on dry land.

 

(Tell what Jonah says when he is on dry land.)

 

NARRATOR: God talks to Jonah again.

 

(Tell what God says to Jonah.)

 

NARRATOR: This time Jonah listens to God. He goes to Nineveh. He calls to the people of Nineveh.

 

(Tell what Jonah says to the people of Nineveh.)

 

NARRATOR: People begin to listen to Jonah. The king comes to talk to Jonah.

 

(Tell what the king says.)

 

NARRATOR: The people of Nineveh change. They put on sackcloth. They sit in the dust and ashes. They tell God they are sorry.

 

NARRATOR: ButJonah is not happy. He goes to the city gate and makes a little tent. He sits in it. God asks Jonah if he is angry.

 

(Tell what God says.)

(Tell what Jonah tells God.)

 

NARRATOR: God talks to Jonah about the vine.

 

(Tell what God says.)

(Tell what Jonah says.)

 

NARRATOR: Then God tells Jonah how he feels about the people in Nineveh.

 

(Does Jonah have an answer?)

 

 


Jonah and God

by Frances Jones

 

 

CHARACTERS

 

                                      Jonah

                                      God (off stage)

                                      Captain of the ship

                                      Sailor 1

                                      Sailor 2

                                      Sailor 3

                                      King of Nineveh

                                      Citizen 1

                                      Citizen 2

                                      Other citizens of Nineveh

                                     

 

SCENES

 

Jonah on the ship and in the whale

Jonah in Nineveh

Jonah at the gate

 

PROPS

 

Three chairs

Dice

King’s crown

King’s robe

Vine with string to pull it up

 

 

 


SCENE ONE

 

Stage directions are on the actor’s right and left.

 

(Three chairs are on the stage. They are a little right of center stage. They are 18 inches apart facing the audience. Jonah stomps on stage from the left. He is angry. He turns and looks up.)

 

JONAH: (Yelling) No, God! No! I will not go to Nineveh!

I will not go there! The people in Nineveh are bad! I will not tell them to change! No! I will not go to Nineveh!

 

JONAH: (Stops, still looking up) I know you are a loving God. If the people of Nineveh repent, you will forgive them. I do not want them to repent! I do not want you to forgive them! Those people are bad!

 

(The ship captain walks on stage from the right. He goes to the chairs and looks at them. Jonah goes to him.)

 

JONAH: Is this your ship?

 

CAPTAIN: Yes, it’s my ship. I’m going to Tarshish in Spain.

 

JONAH: How much to go to Tarshish?

 

CAPTAIN: One gold coin.

 

(Three men walk on stage from the left. They sit sideways on the chairs, facing right.)

 

(Jonah takes a coin from his pocket. He gives it to the captain.)

 

CAPTAIN: (To Jonah) We are ready to go.

 

(Jonah goes to the chairs. He lies down in front of them. He goes to sleep.)

 

CAPTAIN: (To men) Ready men? Row! Row! Row!

 

(The men row as the captain calls.)

 

(Suddenly the men and the captain rock back and forth. They jerk up and down. There is a bad storm.)

 

CAPTAIN: A storm! Where did this wind come from? Row, men!

 

(The men are struggling to stay in the chairs. The captain is staggering. The men are all yelling at the same time.)

 

CAPTAIN: Row! Row!

 

SAILOR 1: We cannot row! The waves are too big! (He looks up.) God of waves, save us! Save us!

 

SAILOR 2: Save us, God of winds! (Still trying to row.)

 

SAILOR 3: We call, God of storms, help us! Help us!

 

CAPTAIN: (Shaking Jonah) Wake up! Wake up! How can you sleep? Pray for help! Pray to your God for help! Our ship is going down! Who is your God? Pray!

 

(Jonah is slow getting up. He begins to rock back and forth in the storm, too.)

 

SAILOR 3: Someone on this ship is bad luck. (He turns to Sailor 2) Is it you?

 

SAILOR 2: No.

 

SAILOR 1: Get the dice.

 

(The men throw the dice. They look at Jonah. The storm is still bad. The men rock back and forth.)

 

CAPTAIN: (looking at Jonah) Who are you? What did you do? Why did you bring this storm on us?

 

JONAH: My name is Jonah. I am a Jew. I pray to God who made the world.

 

(The men are more afraid. They cover their faces with their arms. The storm is still jerking them around.)

 

SAILOR 3: Oh, God Who Made The World, save us!

 

JONAH: It will not help for me to pray. I am running away from God.

 

SAILORS and CAPTAIN: (Together) Why did you do it? Stop the storm! Do something! Stop the storm!

 

(The storm is worse. Two of the men fall down. They get up and one of them falls again.)

 

JONAH: Throw me into the sea. Then the storm will stop.

 

(The three men help Jonah over the back of the chairs. He falls on the floor.)

 

CAPTAIN: God Who Made The World, you sent this storm. If Jonah dies, please don’t blame us.

 

(The storm stops. The men pick up the chairs and go off the stage right. )

 

(Jonah is in the sea on the floor. He tries to swim but he is rolling over and over. He tries to fight something from off his head. He gets to centre stage, on the floor. He suddenly sits up. He rocks gently.)

 

JONAH: Where am I? (He feels around him, all sides, top and bottom. He feels the edges of a round place. He is rocking gently.) I am in a fish! I am in a great fish!

 

JONAH: (Crying) Oh, save me, God! I am in a great fish.

 

JONAH: (On his knees, rocking gently) The sea was over me, God. Your storm covered me. I was going to die, and I called to you. I will never pray to any god but you. You saved my life in a fish. I pray to you alone.

 

(There is a sound from off stage: AARRGH-ph-t-t-t-t! Jonah tumbles to the left and jumps up. He staggers off stage, left.)

CURTAINS CLOSE.

 

SCENE TWO

 

(Several people are on stage. They are citizens of Nineveh. Two people are fighting. Some people are arguing, pushing and shoving. Others are laughing and singing too loud. The king stands in the back. He has a crown on his head and is wearing a good robe.)

 

JONAH: (Walking on stage from the left) People of Nineveh! You will be destroyed in 40 days!

 

(A few people turn and look at him. Others do not listen.)

 

CITIZEN 1: What? Who are you?

 

CITIZEN 2: He is a crazy Jew man. He says his name is Jonah. He came the day before yesterday. Our city is going to be destroyed, ha. We are the biggest city in the world!

 

JONAH: The God who made the world sent me. He will destroy you in 40 days. (He turns to the other people.) Get ready! God will destroy you in 40 days! He will destroy Nineveh in 40 days!

 

(The citizens talk to each other, saying ‘That is what he thinks!’ ‘I don’t believe him.’ And ‘He is just a crazy man.’)

 

(The king walks to Jonah. The people step back and stop talking. They listen as the king talks to Jonah.)

 

KING: Why is your God going to destroy our city?

 

JONAH: Your people fight and kill. They steal. Children are not taken care of. Old people and the lame and the sick are not taken care of. You pray to idols.

 

KING: (Walking back and forth, thinking. He turns back to Jonah.) What can we do? What does your God want?

 

JONAH: He wants you and your people to change. He wants you to be sorry for what you do.

 

KING: (Walking and thinking) Your God is right. Bad things happen in Nineveh. We do need to change.

 

KING: (Turning to the people) This man from God is right. Bad things do happen here in Nineveh.

(The people nod to each other. Some of them say ‘Yes, yes!’)

 

KING: I say we will be sorry. We will tell the God of Jonah that we are sorry.

 

CITIZEN 2: (Coming to the king) Sir, how can we do that?

 

KING: (Taking off his crown) Tell this to all the city: Do not eat. Do not wear good clothes. Do not let your animals eat. Sit in the dust. This will show that you are sorry. It will show that you have changed.

 

(Two persons go off stage, one to the left, one to the right. They yell, off stage, ‘A message from the king! Listen! A message from the king!)

 

KING: (Sitting on the floor) I will not eat. I take off my good robe. (He takes it off.) I sit here in the dust to show that I am sorry. I will pray that God will not destroy us.

 

CURTAINS CLOSE


SCENE THREE

 

(Jonah is stomping back and forth across the stage. Two chairs are propped against each other, back to back. They are centre stage to the back. They look something like a tent.)

 

JONAH: I knew it! I knew it! (He lifts his fists and looks up.) Why did you do that, God? I told the people of Nineveh they were going to be destroyed. Did you destroy them? No! You saved them. And you made a fool of me.

 

(Jonah sits in front of the chairs. He is angry.)

 

CITIZEN 1: (Walking past) Good day, Jonah.

 

(Jonah gives the man an angry look. He does not answer.)

 

JONAH: (To God) You want to save everyone, God. You are slow to get angry. I knew if the people in Nineveh said they were sorry, you would not destroy them.

 

GOD: (From off stage) Jonah, is it right to be angry when something good happens?

 

JONAH: Just kill me, God. I do not want to live. I said Nineveh was going to be destroyed. That didn’t happen. I am nothing in this city.

 

JONAH: (Jonah pulls a string tied to the vine. The vine looks as if it is growing over the chairs) Thank you, vine. Your leaves keep the sun off. And they keep the hot winds off me. Thank you, good vine.

 

(Jonah sits and sleeps. The vine falls down. After a minute Jonah wakes up. He raises his arms and yawns.)

 

JONAH: The sun is hot today. And this wind is very hot. (He puts his arms over his head.) I’m burning in the heat. Where is my vine? (He looks for the vine.)

 

JONAH: (Picks up the end of the vine) It’s dead! My good vine is dead. A worm has killed it!

(Jonah wipes his head and face.) I am so hot, so hot. I wish I were dead.

 

GOD: (From off stage) Jonah, are you angry that the vine died?

 

JONAH: Yes, I am angry! That vine was a good vine. It did not deserve to be killed by a worm.

 

GOD: (From off stage) You cared for that vine, but you did not put it there. You did not grow it. It was just a vine that grows and dies.

 

GOD: (From off stage) Tell me, Jonah, can I not care, too? Can I not be sorry for the city of Nineveh? Can I not care for the 120 000 people that live there? Can I not care for their animals?

 

JONAH: (His head is down) I know you made and love all people.

 

CURTAINS CLOSE


English Practice

 

What does it mean?

 

The word I

 

The word I is in lots of stories.

The word I in a story does not mean the reader.

The word I means the person in the story who is talking.

 

God says, “I will destroy the city of Nineveh.”

God is talking, so the word I means God.

 

Jonah says, “I will not go!”

Jonah is talking.

 

Jonah says, “I am bad luck.”

Jonah is talking. The word I means Jonah.

 

The word you

 

In this story the word you does not mean the reader.

The word you means the person talked to in the story.

 

Jonah says, “You will be destroyed in forty days.”

Jonah is talking to the people of Nineveh.

You means the people of Nineveh, not the reader.

 

Jonah says, “You are a God of love.”

Jonah is talking to God, so you means God.

 

God asks, “Are you sorry for the vine?”

God is talking to Jonah, so you means Jonah.

 

Jonah said, “You did just what I said!”

Jonah is talking to God, so the word you means God.

 

Jonah says, “____________ are a God of love.”

                       (You    I)

Jonah says, “____________ am angry.

                       (You    I)


What does it mean?

 

 

destroy (děs troy) to tear down; to break up.

God did not like the way the people of Nineveh lived.

He wanted to destroy the city.

He wanted to destroy the people that lived in Nineveh.

But when the people said they were sorry,

   God did not destroy them.

 

deserve (dē zerv) to have earned.

Jonah wants to destroy the people of Nineveh.

He thinks they are so bad that it is OK to destroy them.

They have earned it. They deserve to be destroyed.

That is what Jonah thinks.

 

 

sackcloth (săck clŏth stiff cloth made from goat hair or cotton.

Long ago people put on sackcloth so show they were sorry.

Sometimes they put ashes or dust on their heads, too.

They put on sackcloth and ashes when someone died.

They put on sackcloth and ashes when they were very sad.

The people of Nineveh put on sackcloth to say they were sorry.

 

 

 

 

Match

 

Jonah                              It means to tear down                       

 

deserve                           It is made from goat hair or cotton

 

sackcloth                         It means to have earned

 

destroy                           The man God sent to Nineveh

 

 


Jonah goes to Nineveh

Word list


a

about

afraid

again

ahead

all

along

am

and

angry

animals

are

ashes

ask

at

away

back

bad

be

begin

belly

better

big

bigger

blow

bring

burns

but

calls

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kill

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off

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over

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praise

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so

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you

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