Discussion Thread: רעה within the book of Jonah

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A small Hebrew word, רעה (in some older dictionaries it may be found under the root רע or רעע, you may have to search using the Strong’s number or the English translation), weaves in and out through the book of Jonah. It first appears in 1:2: “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil (רעה) has come up before me” (ESV). This seems simple enough (evil/wickedness followed by all translations) until one digs further into a lexicon and discovers that the same Hebrew root can also be translated “distress.” So Jonah was sent because of their “distress”? What are the implications of this? Is it possible that their evil relates to their distress? What is Jonah’s perspective?

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