Instead of being happy that the people of Nineveh repented, he was bitter that he did not get to deliver a prophecy that came true. He complained to God, “O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish from the beginning; for I knew that you were a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” (NRSV, Jonah 4:2–3) Then Jonah pouted. He walked to the outskirts of the city and waited and watched, thinking the city might be destroyed still. While he waited, he sat under a makeshift shelter.