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Jonah 1:1-2. Now the word of the Lord An impulse or revelation from the Lord, significative of his will; came unto Jonah, the son of Amittai Of whom see 2 Kings 14:25. It is probable he had been before acquainted with the word of the Lord, and knew his voice from that of a stranger. Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city The capital of the Assyrian empire: see notes on Jonah 3:3; Jonah 4:11; and Nahum 1:1; Nahum 3:18. And cry Proclaim as a prophet, against it Or concerning it. He must witness against their great wickedness, and warn them of the destruction that was coming upon them for it. And this he must do, not privately in corners, but publicly in the streets, and must cry aloud, that all might hear. For their wickedness is come up before me Is manifest in my sight, and calls aloud for vengeance.

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