It depends on which Jonah we're talking about. Old Testament? New Testament? Neighbor? It's a name for which the name John was used, but then again, biblically, the name John was used to substitute for a lot of other names, too. Like Mark.
15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. 16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows. 17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Proud, stubborn, disobedient, unfaithful, a grumbler, and altogether a bad-tempered, cantankerous old curmudgeon. A very great comfort to all who fall flat at times when it comes to obedience and who run away from what they know God wants them to do. Jonah's story is also an object lesson to those who are possessed of a short fuse and those who are at times guilty of a superior attitude to the spiritually ignorant or immature. Like the Ninevites, many around us are in darkness, and but for the grace of God, so would we be.http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Jonah.html
Jonah disobeyed God didn't want to do what God asked him to do and ran from God but it didn't work God prepared a whale for him and than he desided to tell the city people to repent and beware of the coming judgment finally .
Many may think about the fact that he ran away from his God-given assignment. However, there are many other things that one could say about Jonah. For example, he penned the book that bears his name. It takes humility and honesty to report, not just one's successes, but also one's failures. Additionally, Jonah was told to preach to the Assyrians, a people know for brutal and sadistic torture. Despite that he still went through the city and warned them that their city would be destroyed if they did not repent. That took bravery. So some many think of Jonah as a coward; however, he is more importantly to be remembered as a prophet, a humble, honesty and brave man.
For more information on Jonah, I encourage you to read the article found at this link. It discusses not just the incident with the fish, but who he was a person. I hope this helps!
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He was jealous of the favored relationship Israel had with God. And when he was instructed to preach repentance to the Gentile city of Nineveh, he ran the opposite way! But God cared for that city, and knew in His foreknowledge that they would turn from evil and do the right things. The Bible says that God was even concerned for the cattle there! Thanks for that great question! Bye!