So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth…
Analyse and examine the main features of this repentance of the men of Nineveh.
I. THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH BELIEVED GOD. The men of Nineveh saw at once the reason for this sentence, for the very first impression produced on them was a belief in God. By this is implied not merely the acceptance of God's message as truth, but the much greater belief in God. Israel's God could not have been unknown to the Ninevites.
II. MOURNING IN THE CITY BECAME UNIVERSAL. The sin had been universal, and so now became the mourning.
III. THEY TURNED FROM THEIR EVIL WAY. Mourning was merely the outward expression of sorrow and repentance. The grand fact is the sincerity of the repentance. They were led to alter their conduct and change their whole manner of life.
IV. THEY CRIED MIGHTILY UNTO GOD. And that cry of Nineveh was not unheard. It came up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.