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For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:10 God repented. The word “repent” means essentially “to change one’s mind.” When used to refer to God (e.g., Genesis 6:6), it must be understood as “appearing to change His mind.” God never changes His mind about sin, but when men repent concerning their own sins, then God (consistently with His unchanging nature) “appears” to “repent” (in human terminology) concerning His planned punishment on those sins.

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