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Once upon a time in the ancient city of Nineveh, there lived a man named Jonah. God asked him to go to this wicked city and warn them to change their ways or face destruction. But Jonah didn't want to do it. He hopped on a ship going in the opposite direction instead.

God made a big storm come up at sea, and the sailors threw Jonah overboard to calm the waters. A giant fish swallowed him whole and took him to the bottom of the ocean. Inside the fish's belly, Jonah prayed to God for forgiveness. The fish then spit him back out on dry land.

Jonah finally obeyed God and went to Nineveh. He walked through the city, shouting his warning. The people listened and believed him! They all repented and changed their ways. Even the king of Nineveh did this. God saw their sincere efforts and spared them from destruction.

But Jonah was angry that God had spared the wicked city. He sat under a tree, wishing for death. God asked him if he had any right to be angry about the city's salvation. Jonah realized his mistake and prayed for forgiveness once more. And that's the end of the story of Jonah and the Whale.

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