In Jonah chapter 3 we read that the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. While we don’t know how much time elapses between chapter 2 and chapter 3 it’s likely that Jonah has had some time to process his ordeal in the belly of the fish. God now comes a second time reminding Jonah of the commission that lies before him. “Go to Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you,” says the Lord. In response to the message the Ninevites believed God and changed their behavior. In response God had compassion on them and held back the destruction he had threatened.