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In Jonah 3:4-4:4, Jonah preaches to the Ninevites and they repent. God then relents and has mercy on them. Jonah is furious, and in 4:2 reveals his actual reason for not wanting to come to Ninevah: And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I ...


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Excellent question. Strong has good references: אני ,אנכי. Gesenius discusses this here at the beginning and in the footnotes. It appears that אנכי is the more "original", and אני is a derived, localised form, based both on comparison to other languages, and the fact that אנכי is more common in earlier texts, and becomes less so in later texts. ...



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