mission and Jonah's protests to the Lord are marked by the formulaic phrase "some such words" ( toiauta [11.1, 14.3]), which is the Melodist's usual way of indicating a dramatic expansion of his biblical source. An entire stanza is devoted to an intricate typological interpretation of the gourd plant (15). The topic of the kontakion is also introduced by a catalogue of New Testament miracles of contrition and mercy (1-2), set in a medical-healing context.
I. When Nineveh was desperate, you rushed there
and set aside the doom which Jonah had proclaimed.
Mercy conquered your anger, O Lord.
Have pity even now on your people and our city.
With your mighty fist repel those who threaten us,5 and through the intercession of your Virgin Mother,
accept out repentance.
1. The infirmary of repentance lies open to those who are sick by
Come, let us rush there and receive strength for our souls.
There the sinful woman found health;
there Peter cast aside his denial.
There David broke his heart-wrenching pain;5 there the Ninevites were cured.
No delays -- let us rise up, let us show
our wounds to the Savior, let us receive his divine salve.
For, beyond all expectations,
he accepts out repentance.103:Lk.7:36-50L4:Mt.26:69-75A5:2S.12:15-24A, Si.26:6L